Sky Scholar and pole vaulter Holly Bradshaw starts new season with World Championships on horizon
By Mark Ashenden
Last Updated: 12/05/17 1:48pm
A new campaign is upon Holly Bradshaw and she's been clocking up the miles.
A training camp in Barcelona in April and the salubrious surroundings of Doha on May 6 for the pole vaulter's first competition.
The 25-year-old Sky Academy Sports Scholar impressed with a leap of 4.55m in the Diamond League opener to just miss out on third spot, but her health and form bodes well for a busy season.
Here are Holly's latest thoughts as she builds up to a sizzling summer......
It was so nice being back competing - it has been eight months since I last competed so to get back in the competitive environment was so exciting again!
I had so much fun out there in Doha with the rest of the girls despite the challenging windy conditions. Pole vault is super complicated as it is so when you add another tricky variable like a head wind, although it's not ideal, it makes it all the more interesting.
I decided to compete from a short approach (12 steps) for my first meet of the year given it's quite early, as it only takes me six to eight weeks to be ready before a majors.
However, I wanted to get back competing sooner rather than later as it's what I love doing so I compromised and just decided to jump from short approach. I am really excited to get back into training for a month and head back to a full approach ready for the rest of the season.
This year is a very special year for any British athlete - a home World Championships doesn't come around all that often so I really want to take advantage of the British crowd, which is always amazing and obviously back in the Olympic stadium.
Some of my best career memories are jumping in the UK in front of a home crowd so I cannot wait for the London 2017 World Champs in August.
I am doing all I can to be ready and be in the best place possible so I can do my best to compete for medals against all the other brilliant girls in the world.
Training has been going exceptionally well for the last few months - my coach has got me in such a great place.
I am in the best physical and technical shape I have ever been which is super exciting. However, the challenge is staying healthy and so far this has been possible!
My main priorities in the next three months are to stay healthy and continue to build momentum and confidence through the season with the aim of peaking and being at my prime come August!
Before jumping in the Doha Diamond League, I had been on a training camp in Barcelona which was very successful.
I got some great training sessions done there which has set me up nicely for my upcoming meets!
I spent another week in Doha after the competition to get some good quality training done in the heat before returning to the UK to make my final preparations ahead of the main bulk of the 2017 outdoor season. I cannot wait!