David is raising the bar

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LAST year may have been plagued by injury, but this year David Smith is back to full fitness, just in time for the Commonwealth games.

The former Giffnock North high jumper suffered a broken foot last season but now he is back to his best, training in Birmingham with the UK’s national elite coach for high jump, Fuzz Ahmed.

David believes the move to train at Birmingham Alexander stadium andLoughborough HIPAC has been a huge step in his career.

The Strathclyde University graduate said: “I didn’t realise how hard it was to balance university, training, work and life till I made this move.

“Now I am a full time athlete and everything revolves around training. It’s a full time job, not just something I do in the evenings.

“This year, everything I do is designed to designed to improve my chances at the Commonwealth games.

“My ambition is to medal.”

As well as being selected to compete for Scotland at 2014 Commonwealth Games, the 22-year-old has a huge list of honours to his name.

He competed at the European u23 Championships, he is also a Scotland internationalist, Scottish champion, British championship medalist and British Universities champion.

The southsider joined Giffnock North when he was just 12 years old and began to focus on high jump under the tutelage of club coach Ken 

Ken became involved in the set up when his children, fellow high jumpers Vicky and Andrew started training at the club.

Ken, who is a lead mentor coach for high jump for Scottish athletics. told ExtraSport: “He has come a long way in that time. He was definitely a late developer but then stretched in the last couple of years.

“He is back to full form now after six months of rehabilitation after his injury. He is resilience, discipline and commitment is a perfect example to any young athlete and his attitude and focus towards training is second to 

“The move to Birmingham was the best thing for him, I had taken him as far as I can. He is now training with the best coaches and best facilities possible. That’s what he needs if he is going to win a medal at Glasgow 2014.

“His chances are extremely high, especially if he can stay injury free till the games. When he came back late last season he started to look like he was finding his form again and he will continue to improve with more training under his belt.”