05 Nov Douglas fit and raring to go for 2014

Nathan Douglas is delighted to be finally focusing on his jumping rather than injuries ahead of the 2014 season.

The triple jumper returned to the pit this summer and showed glimpses of what he is capable of, but insists it is one step at a time on his return.

He said: “First of all I want an indoor season as I haven’t had one for years. Get that rhythm back then the first big aim is to make the World Indoor Championships. I will then look to the summer with the Europeans and Commonwealths.”

Ranked third in the all time UK list with a jump of 17.64m, Douglas believes it is only a matter of time before he starts hitting the big marks in competition again.

“My scratch jump this year at the Birmingham Diamond League was 17.20 and I really do believe with a full winter behind me the big distances are possible otherwise I wouldn’t be doing it.”

Coached by Aston Moore the Oxford athlete is part of one of the best jump groups in the country, training alongside the likes of Tom Parsons and British Trials triple jump winner Julian Reid. Douglas only saw the positives of training against his main competition.

“The group as a whole is an absolute pleasure to work with, myself and Julian obviously have very similar training programmes and it is great to push each other.

“Aston makes sure though that each of one his athletes have specific aspects to work on as we all hold different strengths and weaknesses.” Said Douglas

Finally, what would make 2014 for Nathan that extra bit special is to see his beloved Arsenal at the top of the league come May just as his summer season will be getting under way.

He jokes: “As an Arsenal fan having not won silverware for so long you almost expect we will fade away. If were still up there though come January and get another striker it could just happen for us!”

by Eightlane’s Charlie Gibson talks to Nathan Douglas