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University of Nottingham student is aiming high for BUCS Champs and London 2012

1 May 2012

Isobel Pooley can barely contain herself about the prospect of competing in the British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) Championships at the Olympic Stadium.

Stuart Appleby with Isobel Pooley

The 19-year-old high jumper is one of hundreds of students who will perform in front of a capacity 46,000 crowd at the tournament, which runs from Friday 4th to Monday 7th May and forms part of Universities Week 2012.

"I've done some training inside the Olympic Stadium recently and it's been an amazing opportunity to test out the facilities. Even when the stadium is empty the atmosphere is incredible,” the Fleet-born high jumper smiles.

"It’s just unimaginable to think about taking part in the BUCS Championships at the heart of the London 2012 Games and it’s going to be incredible. It’s such a great opportunity to feel that Olympic vibe already and I hope that the environment can inspire each and every competitor to perform to their very best level."

Pooley is currently in her first year at the University of Nottingham and studies Animal Science. She divides her training time between Nottingham and Loughborough University, enabling her to also frequently meet with her coach who’s based in Birmingham.

"I’m lucky to train at some amazing sporting facilities and both universities have been great and helped me a lot. Having indoor training facilities meant I’ve been able to train right the way through the winter and work on some of the technical aspects of my performance."

Pooley’s current personal best performance is 1.88m and that feat falls just 4cm below the Olympic B standard for this summer’s Games. Although time is very much on her side, Pooley says competing in London is her number one target.

"To compete in my home country and in a city I grew up just an hour away from is not an opportunity I want to pass by. I will be trying my utmost to ensure selection to take part in the Games."

You can watch the full video interview with Pooley below when she was talking to Stuart Appleby (pictured). Pooley's progress can also be followed on her Twitter page.


Go Isobel. Wishing you all the best for Saturday :-)

Posted by Loretta on 1st May 2012

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