By Liam Staley: City of Stoke Athletic Club’s Emma Jackson has admitted London 2012 is firmly in her sights as she aims to land a place in the British Olympics squad.
The 800m runner achieved her personal best time, made the semi-finals of the World Championships and received a promotion in funding to podium level during 2011.
And Jackson admits that she has one eye on representing Great Britain in the 800m next year – but stressed that a level head was required in order to achieve her lifelong aim.
She said: “It’s always in the back of my mind.
“Every time I have a hard session I tell myself if I do this it might be the difference to whether I go to London or not.”
Jackson is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Dame Kelly Holmes and has the support of the double Olympic gold medallist as part of the On Camp with Kelly scheme which sees her mentor a number of athletes.
“The access to Kelly is great,” said Jackson. “She is just incredible.
“I recently had to do a speech at my old school and I was rather nervous. She found out and gave me so many tips that were spot-on.
“She’s one of those people who talks sense no matter what the subject.”
Coach Alan Morris has always seen potential in Jackson and admitted it would be a big moment for the City of Stoke AC if she were to line up at London 2012.
“It would be a really proud moment, not only for myself but for the whole club,” he said. “Emma has stuck by us and we do have a good reputation for developing young athletes considering it is a small club.”