Horsham pair defy the odds for medal success

England's Jade Lally with her bronze medal for the Women's Discus, at Hampden Park, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 1, 2014. See PA story COMMONWEALTH Athletics. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No video emulation. SUS-140608-094848001
England's Jade Lally with her bronze medal for the Women's Discus, at Hampden Park, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 1, 2014. See PA story COMMONWEALTH Athletics. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No video emulation. SUS-140608-094848001

Two Horsham athletes fought against the odds to seal magnificent medal successes at the Commonwealth Games over the weekend.

Lucy Wood played a key role for the England women’s hockey team as they secured silver on Saturday night, while Jade Lally battled her way to bronze in the discus on Friday.

Each came through their own adversities to clinch their global success in Glasgow with 20-year-old Wood fighting back from a career-threatening injury last year, while Lally, 27, fought through illness in Friday’s final.

Each were delighted with their first medals at a major championship and exclaimed they had realised the dream of a lifetime.

Lally exclaimed: “I am unbelievably happy. Although still in disbelief, I am really, really happy with myself and what me and my coach, Andy Neal, have achieved.”

And Wood said: “It’s been absolutely amazing. I have never had two weeks like it, the support and messages have been unbelievable. It’s been the best two weeks of my life.

“It’s been two weeks of joy and heartbreak, but I wouldn’t any of change it – well maybe the result.”

Full story and interviews in this week’s paper.