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Sayers - will throw off a short approach this weekend


08 July 2009

Olympic Fourth-placer Goldie Sayers reveals in her latest blog that she will make an unexpected return to action this weekend at Aviva World Trials.

Read the latest from Sayers below, on studying, rehab and the use of gardening to keep her focussed in recent weeks.


Happy New Year!

User AvatarPosted by Liz Birchall at 5/1/2010 10:50:21 AM

Hi Everyone

Thank heavens for the indoor throwing net at Loughborough! With the plummeting temperatures and snow on the ground it has been really useful. My coach and I were using the indoor throwing facilities quite a bit over the Christmas holiday period as the snow hung around. I can cope with wind and rain whilst throwing but snow and ice are a little tricky!

Training has gone pretty well so far and my back is strengthening nicely. I have done a fair bit of throwing off a short approach which has gone well. It will be interesting to see how the back responds off a longer approach after Christmas. I think I will save that for the warmth of South Africa though when I head there next week for training!

As magical as Christmas is, it can sometimes pose a challenging time of year for athletes as local sport facilities (understandably) tend to close for the holiday period. In order to keep training and stay fit I sometimes find myself having to be quite creative to locate open training venues. I do give myself some time off though, and make sure I enjoy a hearty meal in front of a warm fire on Christmas day. I figure, I get one rest day a week, so I shift it around so that day falls on Christmas!

Just before Christmas I went to see Avatar, the new 3D movie (it is fantastic, I highly recommend it!). In the 2+ hours from entering the cinema to the time we left about a 15cm of snow had fallen! The area outside was like a playful war zone with kids having their first snowball fights of the winter. I have to say there were a few talented throwers amongst the kids.

Perhaps UKA should go talent-spotting around the snow laden parks of Great Britain to find the next Steve Backley! As I walked in the direction of home I took a direct hit from a little 10 year old, and I was itching to get involved! I turned and laughed and thought to myself, these days I think I would need to warm up before any 'impromptu' throwing!

I am now really looking forward to our upcoming training camp and because of this cold spell we will be even more grateful for the sun.

I wish you all a belated happy Christmas and fabulous 2010....