GREAT Britain international runner Sarah Kelly has been backed to make a successful return following an injury-hit year.
The Cupar teenager made her senior British debut – only to be side-lined with a stress fracture in her foot last summer, which still requires treatment eight months on.
But words of wisdom from her coach, former Olympic silver medallist Liz McColgan, has spurred the middle distance runner on in her bid to be selected for Team Scotland at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Sarah (19), a student at the University of Dundee, is supported by Scotland’s national sports scholarship programme Winning Students.
She said: “I qualified for the Europeans last summer, but had to pull out.
“At first I didn’t realise the extent of the injury, and I’ve had problems with it on and off ever since.
“I’ve only ever had small injuries before and usually at the end of a season so it has all been quite new to me.
“I’ve been back in training, but not doing my full schedule.
“Liz [McColgan] wants me to get back and get some races in over the summer as I am aiming for the Commonwealth Games.
“She believes I have the ability to do it so it’s just a case of getting back to full training and working hard.”