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CUMBRIAN JAVELIN TEEN BOOSTED BY COMMONWEALTH GAMES STAR LEE DORAN

Natasha Wilson
Wilson underlined her potential by making her Great Britain debut at the Loughborough International on Sunday, where she finished fifth overall with her throw of 46.24m even though she was three years younger than most of her rivals.
 
The 17-year-old – the UK No1 at Under-20 level – hopes to qualify for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and her hopes of reaching Glasgow have been boosted by support from fellow Cumbrian javelin thrower Doran, whose dad Mike coaches Wilson.
 
Doran, who was fifth at the 2010 Commonwealths in Delhi, has devised a training programme to help her reach the top.
 
Wilson finished third in her age group at the Loughborough International, where the Wigton athlete has the opportunity to test herself against some of the best throwers in Britain.
 
“It was great experience, especially having the opportunity to throw under pressure and perform well,” she said.
 
“I wouldn’t have been able to do as well without my coach Mike Doran and my new coach Lee. I also train with Mike’s daughter Colette.
 
“It is important to have the right people around you when you’re training as it helps you to improve.
 
“I was really pleased with my performance as it is so early in the season. I achieved the entry standard for the Bedford Internationals next weekend, where I’ll compete against these women again.”
 
Wilson fired herself to the top of the UK Under-20 rankings – and third place in the senior rankings – with a personal best of 47.90m at the Team North Cumbria Open at Carlisle’s Sheepmount last month.
 
The Nelson Thomlinson School sixth former hopes to repeat her success of 2012 which was filled with gold medals and broken records.
 
She won six national titles and one home international crown, leaving her unbeaten in her age group.
 
Her haul of gold medals came at the English AAA Championships, the English School Championships, the UK School Games and the Aviva Schools Internationals.
 
Wilson hopes she can stay on the upward curve and secure the 50m qualifying distance for this summer’s Junior European Championships in Finland and the 52m mark for the Commonwealth Games.
Lee Doran

Lee Doran - World Class Javelin Thrower