One Irish athlete who has been very unlucky with injuries in recent times is 400m star, David Gillick. The 2005 and 2007 European Athletics Indoor Champion at 400m suffered a calf injury which prematurely brought an end to his 2011 season.
He has been training hard of late at his Loughborough base and has his sights well and truly set on a medal at the 2012 European Athletics Championships in Helsinki, 27 June – 1 July. And of course to a qualifying time for the London Olympics. But first the Europeans.
“The plan is to finish some pre-season training in America, later next month, and finish off there with a few races, just to get going again,” he said at a recent media briefing.
“Then when I come back to Europe around the end of May, the plan is to race pretty much weekly, and that includes the European Championships, in Helsinki.
“I think from an Irish perspective it’s a great opportunity. I’m looking at the opportunity to put three rounds back-to-back which we don’t have a chance to do at our own national championships. That would stand me in great stead and would basically be a dry-run for the Olympics,” added Gillick who is aiming to be the first Irish man to get a European (Outdoors) medal since 1998 though Ireland’s women have had greater success since thanks to Sonia O’Sullivan and hurdler Derval O’Rourke.
Indeed Gillick hopes to go one better as no Irish male athlete has ever won a Gold medal at the European (outdoor) Championships. Gillick hopes to acquire Gold in Helsinki though he realises it is a huge task, coming back from injury, especially in an Olympic year.
Irish athletics needs a fully fit David Gillick and SportsNewsIreland wishes him every success in this the most important year of his career to date.