Golden summer for Greaves

28th Aug, 2014

Don’t wake me i think I’m still dreaming…

2014 will forever be by far the best year i have ever experienced in my athletics career. If you told me ill be Commonwealth champion, European Champion with a European record of 62.34m i would have snatched your arm off!

To actually achieve just that has totally blown me away. Just when i thought i was getting too old to improve and the magical 60m barrier was becoming an increasingly tougher hurdle to surpass, this summer has really given me the most confidence that all of the hard graft in the gym, the long drill sessions and 100,00 throws I’ve done have all be very worth while.

Glasgow a games that would almost be compared to London 2012 put on a show that equalled if not bettered the summer games. This was my first Able-bodied event, it was immense to be with my regular training partners donning the vest of England of which the team produced the greatest team ever seen at a Commonwealth games. Basically we rocked it!!

My experience was incredible, the opening ceremony really put in perspective the size of the competition and the meaning of it.. we weren’t playing this time, we had the greatest team to produce amazing results. I knew it would be a tough competition having to compete on the IPC points score. But i also knew my capabilities and never stopped believing i could throw along way with the incredible Hamden roar! To hit 59.21 inside a stadium i knew i was in great shape to head to the European champs a couple of weeks later.

After all the media hype and travel my body needed allot of rest but it also needed to be ready to face taking on Europe.

Wearing the colors of GB is always an honor. Having seen the team collect 10 medals on the first day there was an incredible atmosphere in the camp and i so wanted to do well. After some productive sessions a couple of days before my comp i knew there was a monster throw in there.

I always wish for a great series of throws and it could not have gone any better with two PB’s of 60.54 which i was over the moon with but then to smash the European record with a forth round throw of 62.34m really took me by surprise. I’ve been saying for a few years now that i have been throwing those kind of distances in training so to finally throw that far in a major championships was just mind blowing. It felt so good to finally surpass the 60m barrier not just by cm.

The whole season has been how i can only have dreamt of. Now its time for a long break before winter training and planning to take on the world in Doha next year.

Commonwealth gold



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