Izzy in India

Joseph Bulmer

NORTH Devon javelin thrower Izzy Jeffs was a late inclusion to the England squad for the Commonwealth games in Delhi, replacing injured Beijing Olympian Goldie Sayers. Unfortunately, 18-year-old Izzy was off colour and unable to produce her top form, fini

NORTH Devon javelin thrower Izzy Jeffs was a late inclusion to the England squad for the Commonwealth games in Delhi, replacing injured Beijing Olympian Goldie Sayers.

Unfortunately, 18-year-old Izzy was off colour and unable to produce her top form, finishing 13th overall with a best throw of 46.31m - well below her best of 54.89m, which would have been good enough for fifth in Delhi.

While her below-par showing was initially a bitter pill to swallow, Izzy is adamant the lessons learned from her baptist by fire have only served to strengthen her motivation for London 2012.

"When the competition ended I was initially really disappointed, because I just didn't throw how I would have liked at all," said Izzy, "I wasn't using my legs as I should have. I was just throwing with my arms, so my distance was really disappointing. But, despite the disappointment, the experience on the whole has been amazing. Just being out in Delhi and being surrounded by all the professional athletes has been so inspiring and it makes me want to work even harder over the winter."

Izzy is an Original Source funded UKA Hero - the UKA Heroes project sponsored by Original Source is a successful initiative which offers financial support to talented young athletes who are working towards the 2012 and 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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