Jade Lally earns GB selection for the European Team Championships

JPCT 100614 S14241971x Telephone interview -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-141006-113936001
JPCT 100614 S14241971x Telephone interview -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-141006-113936001

Crawley discus thrower Jade Lally has been named among the 48-strong Great Britain & Northern Ireland squad to compete at the European Team Championships in Germany later this month.

The highly talented 27-year-old will join the likes of UK long jump holder Greg Rutherford and former world champion Phillips Idowu in competing in Braunschweig on June 21 and 22 after the squad was announced today (Tuesday, June 10).

Jade, from Maidenbower, tweeted: “Whoop! Worked hard for it this year! But I got the nod to represent GB in the team champs in Germany! Happy athlete :)”

At the 2013 European Team Championships in Gateshead, GB & NI finished third overall with a total points score of 339.

British Athletics Performance Director Neil Black said: “We head to Germany with the aim of being competitive and to challenge for as many points as possible.

“In comparison to last year’s team, this is very much a developmental squad due to the confines of a crowded calendar this summer and the Sainsbury’s British Championships just a week later.

“It is also great that our senior 400m and 4x400m athletes have wholeheartedly supported the plan to give up and coming athletes the opportunity to perform on this stage.

“It will greatly benefit the teams for future major championships, and I am really looking forward to seeing how these guys perform. There may be one or two surprises.”

Jade is still waiting to hear if she has been selected by England Athletics in the GB squad for this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.