Stoke-on-Trent’s GB athlete Emma Jackson says she feels her career is just about to begin.
The 25-year-old 800 metre runner is keen to put injury setbacks behind her and hopes 2014 will bring more reward.
Jackson, who joined City of Stoke Athletics Club when she was just 12, suffered injury in 2012 which ruled her out of the London Olympics.
But the blow has not dented her determination, and her told StaffsLive she is feeling positive for the New Year and wants to put the past behind her.
“It has taken me a long time to get over the injuries I sustained before the Olympics and the psychological battering I had from missing the home Olympics,” she said.
“I was not myself at all last year, physically or mentally and I don’t think anyone realised how much it took for me to get over that.
“I was not myself again until September 2013, when I finally felt back to normal.
“Now I feel like I am back to my normal self and there is no reason why I cannot be successful, and I feel like I am more determined to reach the top of my game.”
Emma’s dad, Neil Jackson said: “When Emma was not selected for the Olympics it affected our whole family in a massive way, probably in such a way that the officials of UK athletics don’t even realise.”
With a stronger and more determined attitude Emma is looking forward to the future of her athletics career and is focusing on starting the new season in the New year.
See below for StaffsLive’s full interview with Emma.