"Doing multi-sports just builds a more robust child, a more robust person, all the way through from when they're kids, all the way up."

Within athletics, Corcoran wants to create a pathway to give aspiring youngsters further opportunities to continue to compete as combined event athletes as they move up through the age groups, rather than specialising on one event too early.

The level two coach and coach tutor says: "There is very little combined events competition opportunity for our under-13s to under-20s.

"So, key for me is going to be providing those competition opportunities. At the moment we haven't got those combined events athletes because there is nowhere for them to compete.

"It doesn't have to be a whole decathlon, it can just be three quick events in a couple of hours and that's engaged everybody.

"Just providing that opportunity for them to come along for an afternoon, do a high jump competition, do a shot and an eight hundred or next time we'll do hurdles discus and something else.

"These can be small multi-events competitions. If something goes badly, it doesn't matter, just move on, do the next event. You are always going to go home, hopefully, happy because something's gone right.

"So, with running, jumping and throwing being so fundamental to all of athletics, it seems a massive miss that these competitions don't really exist at the moment.

"We are getting children coming in from under-11s, which is where they are encouraged to run jump and throw, and they get streamlined into an endurance group, sprint group, or a throws group and that's it."

Corcoran says Welsh Athletics has already started putting plans in place to try and encourage multi-talented athletes to adopt a combined events philosophy.

"It's my job to provide opportunities," he says. "We've had a couple of development days just recently in Swansea and Cardiff. We had four events to come and try, practice, so it was all levels for 10-year-olds right up to 20-year-olds.

"There were people from across the spectrum of abilities, so every session was differentiated to ensure everyone was challenged and everyone left smiling, which was the main thing.

"It's not just about performance - athletics shouldn't just be all about that. It's a big part of it, of course, you've got to aspire to be the very, very best, but I always say you can learn lessons on the track that you can't learn anywhere else in your life.

"You're standing on the start line, on your own, you're in front of everybody. You're scared, because you've got to run as fast as you can, everyone's watching you. The more nervous you are before, the better you feel after.

"You can't get that feeling in many places these days. That prepares you for everything . . . for job interviews, for anything in life. It's a shame that more people don't realise how important these types of skills are.

"They are skills that athletics teaches you - hard work, determination, all the usual stuff, and working as part of a team.

"And what happens when it doesn't go right, that's probably most important lesson, what happens when you have a bad run, how do you get out of that?

"There's always ups, don't just worry about the downs. The downs teach you good lessons, but there are definitely going to be more ups than downs."