AW Athletes Blogs kicks off with Chris Tomlinson’s thoughts on the London 2012 stadium and his aims for 2011
Well I’m firmly back into training now and looking forward to working my way up the world rankings in 2011. And yes, for the 100th time I did train on Christmas Day – not for dedication reasons, but actually because I enjoy it!
My main aim strangely enough is to jump a big personal best, hopefully around 8.50m. I am not even thinking about the World Champs as I am fed up with jumping 8.20-something in championships and picking up either placings or minor medals! I feel I have always jumped close to my best when I need to, but my best just wasn’t quite good enough! So with 2012 in mind I know I need to have more in my locker and that is what I’m trying to achieve in 2011.
“I am fed up
with jumping 8.20-something
in championships. With 2012 in mind
I know I need to have more in my locker”
Over the last few months I have been taking my athletics a little easier than normal. I have been intense with it for the last 10 years and, looking to the future, I realised that it is going to be an intense couple of years for British athletes so I thought I would mentally relax a little. Don’t worry, I have still been training hard! I’ve just been eating and drinking what I wanted, which was spot on. I’m a firm believer that you have to have a balance in life. I love my training and have always loved doing athletics since I first started at the age of 11, so it certainly isn’t a chore getting up and going to the track!
It was great to come back to the sport after a couple of months of not reading about athletics or scouring websites for results. I have to admit I’m a bit of a statto! It gave me a real fresh perspective of the sport and I realised just how much I love it, constantly challenging your body each day and trying to achieve your goals – it gave me a real sense of pride in myself. Especially when you compare yourself to the celebrity world where people sell their soul to the devil for a bit of attention!
I’ve also noticed that there seems to be a real buzz around the athletics track – I assume it’s something to do with a competition happening in London next year! As a sport, and certainly as an athletics fan, we have to make the most of this opportunity.
For the first time in my life athletics appears to be changing its face and starting to go with the times. I think the likes of Usain Bolt are great, their personalities are bringing in a new fan base and this is what we have to latch on to. I’m well into my stats and athletics knowledge (I’ve acquired every issue of Athletics Weekly since 1993), but to bring in a larger foundation of athletes to work from we have to show the fun side of athletics, and then grip them with the statistics once the bug gets them!
“It’s a joke. We lost Manchester in 2002, let’s not let the celebrity world of football bully us again! Let’s get behind the West Ham bid”
This is why I believe it is critical that, as an athletics community, we come together to save the Olympic stadium. At the moment football is taking over the country. The ironic thing is very few of the players actually play for our country, yet they want these foreigners to take over our Olympic stadium in the hope a rich businessman can either make a few quid or boost his ego. It’s a joke.
We need a high-class stadium to hold our athletics events so at the very least we should have an athletics track around the outside. This should be a place where our aspiring athletes dream of running. We lost Manchester in 2002, let’s not let the celebrity world of football bully us again!
Let’s get behind the West Ham bid and not disappoint the Tottenham fans by their club winning (as they don’t even want to move there).
Come on you Hammers!
This is the first in a new series where a group of leading GB stars blog for Athletics Weekly. The athletes are given complete free reign and will about their training, travels, and topical subjects. The athletes involved are: Niall Brooks, Tom Lancashire, Emma Pallant, Jemma Simpson, Chris Tomlinson, Andy Turner and Rhys Williams.