Olympic hurdler thanks coach for support during depression battle

Olympic Hurdler, Jack Green, has publicly thanked his coach and the British Athletics performance team for their ongoing support and understanding during his battle with depression.

This gratitude came after Green announced that he would be taking a break from the sport so that he could deal with the after effects of the mental health issues he had been dealing with.

The Olympic semi-finalist will not take part in the 2014 World Class Performance Programme which is aimed at improving the potential of British athletes who might possibly claim medals in future Olympics or World Championships, express.co.ukreports.

The 22-year-old told guardian.com that athletics requires time and commitment that he was unable to give, which had made life both on and off the track a struggle. As a consequence, it was necessary for him to take some time out from the sport.

Mr Green said: "I wanted to be open and honest about my reasons for taking this break. I have been lucky to be so well supported during this time by the British Athletics support staff, but I realise this can be a difficult subject matter and if me being honest offers anyone else some support then that can only be a good thing."