Ely’s Goldie Sayers has her sights set on Rio spot

Goldie Sayers

Goldie Sayers - Credit: Archant

Ely Olympian Goldie Sayers says her focus is on making the team for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Sayers, who turns 33 later this month, says remaining injury-free will be key to her bidding for glory at what could be her last Olympic Games.

Speaking on Sky Sports Sportswoman programme, Sayers, who studied at King’s Ely, said: “(Rio) is why I train every day. I’m towards the end of my career and if I can remain injury-free that’s the key for me. I know how to throw a javelin now and I know how to throw it a long way.

“I want to be in the team next year and that’s what I’m aiming for.”

Sayers said the withdrawal of her lottery funding by the UK Athletics Association last year had proved tough but she insisted that she is training as hard as ever and making ends meet from her own pocket.

She said: “You have to do it professionally in order to compete with the rest of the world. It was very difficult when it was withdrawn last year but money doesn’t make you train harder, it just means it’s a lot easier.

“I was lucky that I approached Barry Wells who supported the likes of Katarina (Johnson-Thompson) as well and he made sure that I could do what I need to do and cover training costs and the rest I make up myself.

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“But my passion is sport and athletics and I will do it for as long as I can.”

Sayers has been helping heptathlete Johnson-Thompson improve her javelin technique ahead of the upcoming Olympic Games and has tipped the 22-year-old for future glory.

She said: “I’ve been helping her over the winter with her javelin. At the moment she’s scoring about 6,700 points and I think if she can pick up a few hundred points in the throws especially, she’s going to be the best in the world and hopefully Olympic champion next year.

“I think she has the potential to be (better than Ennis-Hill) but I wouldn’t rule out Jess next year with what she did last week - she’s going to be in contention.”