Izzy rubs shoulders with sporting stars

Joseph Bulmer

NORTH Devon javelin thrower Izzy Jeffs brought down the curtain on her 2010 season in star-studded style by rubbing shoulders with Dai Greene and Jenny Meadows at the UKA Awards dinner in Loughborough.

Izzy was a guest at the season finale dinner as part of the UKA Heroes initiative, sponsored by Original Source, where she received a final cheque of �500 from world 800m medallist Meadows.

The 18-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough year, claiming the English Schools title in July before being a late inclusion in the England Commonwealth Games squad in Delhi.

And after sharing supper with the likes of European and Commonwealth 400m hurdles champion Greene, Izzy believes she has all the ingredients she needs to be planning another international jaunt in 2011 for the European Junior Championships.

“It was really good to be at an event with all the different athletes and big names,” said Izzy. “It’s such an inspiring experience because they are the people that I want to be like and so it was a really good evening.

“Last year I had a few ups and downs but, thankfully, there were more ups and now I am just looking forward to next year and making sure I have a good winter. The European Juniors in Estonia is a massive goal for me after the experience of the Commonwealths and I am just working hard on getting to that.”

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.