Pole vaulter Sally Scott is aiming to reach new heights after her success in Glasgow.
The former King Edward VI School student and Mitford resident, who then went to Loughborough University to train and study for a sport and exercise science degree, dealt with the heavy rain better than many of the competitors to win bronze in the Commonwealth Games.
She managed a first-time clearance of 3.80m using a shorter pole and run-up and although she had three failures at 4m, six of the 10 vaulters could not achieve a clearance and she shared third place.
The 23-year-old, who is a tutor at Loughborough College for the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence programme, is coached by boyfriend David Guest (he competed at the Games for Wales in the decathlon). She has had to recover from and manage a shoulder impingement that was developed two years ago.
Sally said: “It was amazing to get the bronze, especially as I was ranked eighth going into the competition. Everything was crazy for the rest of the night and it then started to sink in over the next few days.
“Dave said a shorter pole and smaller number of strides would help in the difficult conditions and it makes a big difference when you have complete trust in your coach.
“Some of the other girls weren’t able to deal with the conditions. It was impossible to clear the bar for the second attempt at 3.80 as it was raining too hard but things did improve a bit for the third attempt and perhaps stress played a part as it was their final chance to stay in the competition.
“My parents couldn’t believe it and my sister and aunt, who made special t-shirts, were also in the stadium. It was great to celebrate with them.
“People in the crowd wanted a selfie on my lap of honour, which was the trend during the Commonwealth Games. I had a drugs test afterwards, which meant I didn’t leave the stadium until 11pm, so it was really nice that all of the England staff waited around for me.
“The shoulder problem meant I was in pain every time I jumped. I took some time off and we developed a regular massage programme that has really helped.
“Although it’s still there, I can’t feel it when I jump now and this year I have been able to get back to the heights I was clearing a few years ago.
“Now that I’m managing the problem okay, hopefully I can train well and jump a PB indoors during the winter.”