Wednesday, 25 January 2012
A young javelin thrower with ambitions to compete at the Commonwealth and Olympic Games has received a scholarship from the University of Worcester.
Jason Copsey, a third year Environmental Management student at the University, is currently ranked second in his home nation, Wales, and 38th in Britain.
His current personal best is 62m, achieved without any coaching. Now he has teamed up with a top coach in Cheltenham, Jason is hoping to increase his throw to at least 75m, the standard for the Commonwealth Games, within the next two years.
The 20-year-old said: “I really think that next year I can achieve 70m and then hopefully the year after that 75m. I’m training six days a week most weeks and now have a really good coach, who used to coach Great Britain’s number two.”
Jason, who hails from Cwmbran in South Wales, has been awarded £500 from the University of Worcester Scholarship Panel to assist with his training costs.
“I’m travelling to Cheltenham twice a week, which gets pretty expensive,” he said. “I was working part-time, but now that I’m in my final year of my degree it was getting really difficult to juggle my studies, training and a job, so this scholarship is a massive help.”
Jason started throwing the javelin while at school, but after an elbow injury in Year 10 he quit, returning to the sport while studying for his A-levels.
Since then he has gone from strength to strength competing at various tournaments, including at the UK Athletics Loughborough International, where he came fifth. This May he will represent the University of Worcester at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competition to be held at the Olympic stadium in London.
“Ultimately I would love to compete at the Commonwealth Games and then one day the Olympics,” Jason said. “It would be an absolute dream.”