Goldie Sayers ‘not bitter’ about funding withdrawal as she promises to press on with Rio 2016 bid

Goldie Sayers in action on June 29, 2014, at the British Athletics Championships held at Alexander S

Goldie Sayers in action on June 29, 2014, at the British Athletics Championships held at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham. She won the event convincingly and made it 11 British titles in the javelin. Picture: PAUL SANWELL/OP PHOTOGRAPHIC - Credit: Archant

British record holder Goldie Sayers has vowed to press ahead with her plans for the Rio Olympics in 2016 – despite having her funding withdrawn by British Athletics.

Sayers, 32, from Ely, was left off of the list of athletes who will be supported with public funds this season but has promised to prove the selectors wrong as she goes in search of a medal in the javelin in 2016.

She took to Twitter in the aftermath of the decision, saying “I very much enjoy turning adversity into opportunity”.

Sayers suffered an elbow injury at the London Olympics in 2012 and took time out from the sport in the following year after undergoing surgery.

She was threatened with losing her funding at the start of last season but was given a reprieve after successfully appealing her case.


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In June, she won the British title for an 11th time and finished seventh at the Commonwealth Games.

She also captained the British team at the European Championships, where she finished eighth.

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She told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: “It’s a great opportunity to prove the selectors wrong.

“I’m not bitter about it. I’m focused on turning it around. I’ve got my team who have faith in me and I’d rather work with people who have faith in me.”

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