Colin Jackson: Commonwealth Video games supplies invaluable expertise for athletes


With the appliance course of for volunteers now open, Colin Jackson seems forward to the twenty second version of the Commonwealth Video games, which return to the UK for the primary time since Manchester hosted occasion – wherein Jackson competed – in 2002

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Colin Jackson completed second within the Commonwealth Video games 110 metres hurdles ultimate at Manchester 2002

Former world champion hurdler Colin Jackson is happy for stars of the long run to flourish when the Commonwealth Video games come to Birmingham in 2022.

With the appliance course of for volunteers now open, the 54-year-old seemed forward to the twenty second version of the occasion which shall be again within the UK once more after he competed in Manchester at the start of this century.

With the 4 residence nations competing as impartial groups, it affords better alternatives for children to check themselves towards a few of the world’s greatest and the two-time Commonwealth gold medallist is raring to see which prospects will impress at Alexander Stadium subsequent 12 months.

The Welshman stated: “The actual fact the nations are separate permits extra folks to be uncovered to a global competitors who would not essentially make it to an Olympic Video games since you are restricted in numbers.

“It’s a good beginning block for anyone of their sporting profession, it’s large championship expertise. (Once I competed in) my first Commonwealth Video games, I used to be 19.

“I can bear in mind it rather well and what a spot to be uncovered to the world, with the eye of the media, studying to take care of the championships and being in a village surroundings away from residence. All this stuff are actually vital studying curves.”

Beforehand a world document holder within the 110 metres hurdles and 60m hurdles, Jackson talked up the status of the Commonwealth Video games with Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Dina Asher-Smith amongst these to have competed in latest occasions.

Dina Asher-Smith is just one of the athletes who has benefitted from competing in the Commonwealth games

Dina Asher-Smith is simply one of many athletes who has benefitted from competing within the Commonwealth video games

Whereas it doesn’t carry the importance of the Olympic Video games or World Championships, for the anticipated 13,000 volunteers concerned it will likely be the “expertise of a lifetime” based on the previous Nice Britain athlete.

“I at all times say take a look at the roll of honour on the Commonwealth Video games and on the data since you see how severely the athletes take it,” Jackson added.

“The highest gamers at all times often flip as much as compete, so it isn’t taken as any much less of a problem than an Olympic Video games or World Championships.

“And as a volunteer, it’s a few of the greatest methods of seeing and interacting with them.

“When you find yourself a workforce from overseas, you wish to see a pleasant and acquainted face and because of this the Commonwealth Collective, as it will likely be identified, is de facto vital. They’ve to know you’re the face of the video games in creating reminiscences for the athletes as nicely.”

Jackson reminisced concerning the volunteer known as Ken, who was answerable for the Wales workforce at Auckland again in 1990 when he received gold within the 110m hurdles.

He already is aware of six folks eager to enroll to be a part of Birmingham 2022, together with his personal nephew. Anybody aged 18 or older on January 1 is ready to become involved, with the group set to replicate the range of the West Midlands.

Earlier than the Commonwealth Video games are in England for a 3rd time, there’s the small matter of the Tokyo Video games commencing in July however uncertainly stays with the Japanese capital nonetheless in a coronavirus state of emergency.

Colin Jackson has previously been a world record holder in the 110 metres hurdles and 60m hurdles

Colin Jackson has beforehand been a world document holder within the 110 metres hurdles and 60m hurdles

“I believe the mindset may be very a lot all the pieces is heading ahead,” Jackson insisted. “I converse to athletes each day who’re striving to get to the Video games and they’re heading for Tokyo with little question, so I believe individuals are wanting ahead to the Video games nonetheless going forward.

“Everyone seems to be in the identical boat, it is not like they’re getting punished and separated or remoted, in order that they perceive totally and are getting ready themselves to be the perfect of their means for the Video games developing.

“Even final 12 months on this planet of athletics we nonetheless had some large performances when the world of sport was allowed to happen so I see the athletes shall be prepared and excited to get on that worldwide stage.”

With Birmingham 2022 greater than 12 months away, the expectation would be the Alexander Stadium might be stuffed with spectators subsequent 12 months.

The venue holds fond reminiscences for Jackson, who bowed on the market after greater than 17 years on the highest degree in 2003 with fifth place within the 60m hurdles on the World Indoor Championships.

“I’ve large reminiscences there,” the Olympic silver medallist stated. “It was the primary place I ran below 13 seconds so I’ve a lot of nice reminiscences and it was additionally the place I retired.

“For me Birmingham holds a very sturdy place in my coronary heart and many individuals will depart the stadium in 2022 on August 9 with superior reminiscences as nicely.”





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