Crawley athlete Jade Lally on winning a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games
PUBLISHED: 12:15 07 October 2014 | UPDATED: 12:15 07 October 2014
Jade Lally realised the dream of a lifetime when she won a bronze medal for discus at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last month
Crawley’s own Jade Lally was “over the moon” to win her first major championship medal last month at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The achievement is all the more impressive as in the days leading up to the competition the 27 year old was suffering from a serious stomach condition. When asked about how she was feeling shortly after the event, Jade was clearly elated: “I am unbelievably happy. Although still in disbelief I am really, really happy with myself and what me and my coach, Andy Neal, have achieved.”
Jade lives in Pease Pottage when not gracing the world stage. She missed out on selection for London 2012 despite being Britain’s number one in the women’s discus. She was also heartbroken to miss out on selection for the World Championships in Paris last year.
Thankfully though, this year’s Commonwealth Games were her time to shine as she threw three consecutive season’s bests to reach 60.48m from her fifth throw. She qualified by throwing 57.13m on Thursday, which gave her fifth place in her group and automatic qualifying. However she fell ill shortly afterwards and spent the evening before the final receiving treatment at the clinic in the athletes’ village. She revealed: “I had bad stomach pains in qualifying and was not eating well, just a few biscuits. I felt really dizzy and was offered a wheelchair to sit in, which I refused. I had to go back there again and have blood tests, a urine test and received hydration packs.” But Jade was determined to continue: “I went into the final feeling odd in the warm-up but the crowd were amazing.”
She finished eventual third behind Australia’s Dani Samuels and India’s Seema Punia. Forty thousand spectators watched Jade storm to medal glory, shortly before seeing Usain Bolt win the 4x100m relay for Jamaica.
While in the village it wasn’t all work and no play, as Jade managed to take a series of “selfies” with well known stars such as John Bishop, Bradley Wiggins and Tom Daley. “I didn’t set out to get them,” she said, “but just kept on bumping into these famous people so I took the opportunities!”