LOOKING AHEAD: Shara Proctor
THREE OF Britain’s Olympic athletics heroes have confirmed their participation in the Glasgow and Birmingham indoor legs of the world-class 2013 British Athletics Series, with Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz, world indoor pole vault bronze medallist Holly Bleasdale and world indoor long jump bronze medallist Shara Proctor all set to compete at both events.
All three Olympic finalists will firstly grace Glasgow’s brand new Emirates Arena on January 26 for the British Athletics International Match. The Match’s unique five team format will see a Great British squad go head-to-head over an afternoon of world-class athletics with the USA, Russia, Germany and a Commonwealth Select team in the first international athletics event at the 5,000 seat arena.
The three stars will then compete at what is widely regarded as the best indoor meet in the world, the British Athletics Grand Prix at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena (NIA) on February 16.
All three athletes will be keen to repeat the success that they enjoyed at the two events earlier this year. Birmingham’s NIA was a particularly happy stomping ground for Grabarz, Proctor and Bleasdale, all three having beaten strong fields in front of the sell-out West Midlands crowd in February.
Proctor also enjoyed a stellar indoor season in 2012, breaking the British indoor record on her way to clinching bronze at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul.
The Olympic finalist, who has recently moved to Loughborough on a full-time basis along with her coach Rana Reider, sees the British Athletics Series meets as a highlight of her winter, in no small part due to the packed houses that greet athletes at every event.
“I’m really excited about competing in Glasgow and Birmingham again this season. Last year I jumped pretty well indoors, especially in Birmingham, and the crowd was really great. That’s one thing that you can guarantee about these British indoor meets, the atmosphere is always amazing. Hopefully I can do well again this winter and put on a good show for the British fans at both events.”