Goldie is 'delighted' to captain team

PUBLISHED: 12:20 21 August 2007 | UPDATED: 12:43 04 May 2010

LEADING THE WAY: In her first appearance as Great Britain captain, Goldie Sayers led the women’s team to the European Cup’s top flight. Picture: Athletics Images

LEADING THE WAY: In her first appearance as Great Britain captain, Goldie Sayers led the women's team to the European Cup's top flight. Picture: Athletics Images

ABSOLUTELY delighted - that was the reaction from Goldie Sayers on hearing that she would captain Great Britain s women s team at the IAAF World Championships, in Osaka. The 25-year-old Ely javelin star received news that she had been picked to lead the

ABSOLUTELY delighted" - that was the reaction from Goldie Sayers on hearing that she would captain Great Britain's women's team at the IAAF World Championships, in Osaka.

The 25-year-old Ely javelin star received news that she had been picked to lead the national team after her arrival for this week's acclimatisation training in Macau.

Goldie's mother Liz said: "She had no idea about the captaincy until she arrived in Macau.

"She sent an email telling me that she had been selected and that she was absolutely delighted."

It is the second time that the former King's School student has been appointed captain of the women's national squad.

In June, Sayers spear-headed the British women's promotion to the European Cup's top flight after a convincing team victory in Finland.

And now Sayers has joined her team-mates as they get to grips with the hot and humid conditions they will face in Japan.

Liz Sayers said: "Goldie is working very hard to acclimatise and temperatures are around 35 degrees Celsius at the moment.

"She suffered from jet lag when she first arrived in Macau but that is to be expected."

Goldie Sayers is a genuine medal contender for the championships, which begin on Saturday.

She will be in action in the heats on Wednesday before hopefully competing in the javelin final on Friday, August 31.

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