Nimmo has eyes on the prize

Jade Nimmo is looking for further success in the year ahead
Jade Nimmo is looking for further success in the year ahead

After writing her name into the record books in 2012, long jumper Jade Nimmo insists she has never been hungrier for success as she turns her attentions to the upcoming season.

The 21-year-old is targeting a podium at 2013’s Under-23 European Championships – the last time she will be able to take part in the age group.

Nimmo came into the winter break off the back of a standout year – breaking Scotland’s longest-standing athletics record when she jumped 6.47m. Now, the Sale Harriers jumper has her sights set on jumping at least 6.55m in 2013 – a distance that would set her in good stead to be a podium contender for Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games.

“I’ve never felt better in an off-season as I do currently,” said Nimmo, who benefits from being a member of the Bank of Scotland Local Heroes scheme.

“It’s the last time I can compete at the U23 Europeans before it happens again so I want to go out with a bang and I certainly feel like I can do that next year.

“Last year was a good one for me but I’m not content just to rest on my laurels. There’s plenty more for me to achieve and I want to push on and I’ve been training harder than ever.

“I still have plenty to put in ahead of the new season so hopefully I can get even fitter before then.

“I know what my goals are and I know I can be jumping that distance by the end of the year, maybe even more, and that will put me in a really encouraging position this time next year.

“The year before the Commonwealth Games is almost as important as the year itself because you still have a whole season to work on things, when 2014 comes around all the focus will be on the event itself.”

Nimmo, who studies exercise science and sports fitness at Napier University, will be coming to the end of her studies in May and admits a successful season on the track will only help her secure sponsorship this time next year.

“Sponsorship for me will be a massive boost ahead of the Commonwealth Games,” she added.