Goldie Sayers aiming for Rio 2016 after successful funding appeal
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Newmarket javelin thrower Goldie Sayers believes she can regain her best form in time for the Rio 2016 Olympics after a successful appeal for Lottery funding.
The British record holder – fourth at the Beijing 2008 Games – was initially removed from the World Class Performance Programme after an elbow injury ruined her chances at the London 2012 Games.
That decision has now been reversed though, with Sayers tweeting: “Thank you all for the kind messages surrounding my inclusion on the funding list. Whilst funding doesn’t make you train any harder, it does make it a hell of a lot easier.
“I have worked very hard this year to get back to throwing and I’m grateful for the opportunity being on the WCPP 2013/14 brings. In the form of my life just before injury, I see no reason why I can’t get back to that level next year.”
The 31-year-old, who will receive podium level funding, the top level of support, said in an official statement: “I’m delighted my appeal was successful. I was naturally disappointed not to be included first time around, but nonetheless I’m even more determined to make 2014 and beyond a success.”
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Sayers required surgery after suffering a recurrence of a serious elbow injury.
But she added: “I’m now back on the right path after surgery and back in full training after a successful period of rehab. I am now preparing for the Commonwealth Games and the European Championships next year.”
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British Athletics performance director Neil Black said: “Goldie is an excellent competitor and has applied herself brilliantly to her post-operative recovery from injury.
“British Athletics will provide her with the best treatment and support so she can get back throwing the world class distances we know she is capable of.”