Looking to the future

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GIFFNOCK North’s Daniel Carlin has vowed to put his injury woes behind him after watching London 2012 in frustration.

Now the 21-year-old shot-putter, who was ruled out of the Olympic trials in Birmingham following a wrist injury, plans to use the pain to inspire his bid for Commonwealth Games glory.

After surgery in March, and the Scottish indoor and outdoor champion does not expect a full-time return until this winter.

“It has been unbelievably 
frustrating. I do watch them thinking that could have been me there and I have been unlucky with the timing of the injury”, said Carlin.

“I could have entered more competitions in the lead up to the Olympics but that would have been detrimental for my future so I had to look after the long-term rather than the short-term.

“I was recovering from surgery and couldn’t take the risk. I haven’t had to change my technique — which I changed 18 months ago to spin — but I have had to adjust my weightlifting.

“I was unlucky, but a I have been lucky in that I have only got to wait just another two years to be doing pretty much the same thing — performing 
in front of a home crowd — at Glasgow 2014.

“The buzz around Glasgow is going to be amazing and the feeling is going to be unreal.

“Athletics is not usually a spectator sport and I am used to performing in front of just a couple of hundred of people, so performing in front of thousands of people including my friends and family is going to be great.

The Giffnock North AAC athlete admits he has enjoyed watching the Olympics despite knowing he could have been there competing, willing on Britain’s only representative Carl Myerscough who failed to make the final in 14th position.

“I have loved watching the Olympics, but I’m going to be biased and say my favourite event has been the shotput,” admitted Carlin.

“Tomasz won it again which was unbelievable.

“We haven’t really got any world class athletes in this country yet, but obviously I hope for that to change”.

Daniel is one of Bank of Scotland’s Local Heroes, in partnership with SportsAid, provides support and funding to 82 of Scotland’s most talented developing athletes on their journey to London 2012 and beyond.

Since 2008, the programme has supported 170 athletes.

Follow future stars at facebook.com/bankofscotlandlocalheroes.