Athlete Liam Ramsay is hoping to be in the running for a place in the England team to contest this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The 21-year-old decathlete admits that he has it all to do to claim one of the three places up for grabs in the national team, given the current strength in depth domestically in the event.
But he will go into the outdoor season in high spirits following an impressive display for Great Britain in a tri-nation under-23 Indoor Combined Events International in Sheffield earlier in the year.
Liam picked up the gold medal after recording a personal best 5,700 points haul – the second best total by a Brit – in the seven-event competition.
His personal best for the decathlon, set last year, is 7,403 but he is confident he can improve on that.
“I’d been out for around 18 months with a groin problem and it was the first one I’d done in nearly two years,” said the Edlington-born Sheffield Hallam University student.
“I think that there is a lot more to come.”
He added: “I’ve got to try and impress the selectors, but unfortunately there isn’t a Commonwealth Games trial for the event.
“I’ve probably got two chances to try and qualify; it’s just a case of where I decide to try and do a decathlon.
“I might go to Spain, but I’ve not made any definite plans.
“I need to post a total of around 7,800 to qualify but I’ll be looking to score more that because it’s also about beating the other guys who are in contention.”
Although keen to compete in Glasgow, Liam’s ultimate goal is the 2016 Rio Olympics in Rio.
He left the hometown club he joined as a ten-year old around three years ago to join City of Sheffield, where he is coached by former international decathlete Mike Corden.
“I needed to compete at the highest level I could and being a British League Premier Division club, Sheffield could offer me that,” he said.
Prior to joining the club he had trained in the city with an elite multi-events squad for the previous two years.
Although many were sorry to see him leave Doncaster, he argues he wouldn’t be where he is today had he not made the move.
He hopes, however, that his hometown club can hold on to other top-class prospects.
“I know Doncaster are hoping to get into the British League and it would obviously help them to keep their top athletes were they to do so,” he said.