Awde targets Commonwealth Games after returning from injury hell
PUBLISHED: 18:00 27 June 2013
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Woodford Green with Essex Ladies athlete Dan Awde reveals loss of UKA funding, with all treatment for his injury coming out of his own pocket.
Woodford Green decathlete and double Olympian Dan Awde is a relieved man that he is finally over his injury hell.
The 25-year-old was forced to pull out of the London Olympics last year after a recurrence of a long standing knee injury — patella tendonitis — in just the second event of the competition, the long jump.
It has been a long road to recovery after going under the knife in a bid to cure the injury and Awde is now relieved to be getting his winter training schedule in place.
“It’s definitely feeling 100 times better and it’s now pain free, which is a relief,” he said.
“There’s still a lot more testing to do of the knee, but after this amount of time it is nice to be injury free.
“Fitness wise I have just started winter training and I must admit that I am feeling it.”
But after UK Athletics helped sort out the initial operation, Awde has been left to his own devices, and further funding was withdrawn.
Treatment since his surgery has come at a huge financial cost to Awde and he admitted to a sense of disappointment that the governing body have not backed a double Olympian.
“There has been no choice but for me to fund it all myself,” he added. “Going to get treatment off my own back has come at a hefty cost. That’s frustrating, but the fact I am injury free is an enjoyable feeling and that is my sole focus.”
And the immediate plan of action is for Awde to return to competition during the next indoor season in the hope to be ready for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year.
“At the moment everything is feeling good,” he added.
“I’m quite surprised because I keep expecting something to go wrong, but I am a happy and I am hoping to be back for the indoor season next year and then go for the Commonwealth, where I aim to medal.
“The motivation is definitely there for me to get back to where I was before, if not further.
“I have chatted with my coach (Greg Richards) and we have started to make plans on the recovery, with certain things to follow and do.”
But until he does make that comeback Awde has vowed not to watch the sport on TV — due to the frustration it creates.
“It’s very hard to not watch it,” he said. “There is the urge to flick the button on the remote but the feeling of not competing comes through.
“I have separated myself from the sport for the moment, at least until I start competing again.”
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