ROTHERHAM sprinter Louise Bloor believes next season could be the one where she reaches her potential on the international stage
The 26-year-old focused on the 200m this year and that decision paid dividends, finishing second at the UK Indoor Championships and in the Olympic Stadium at the BUCS Championships in May.
Bloor also broke her 200m personal best at the Olympic Trials, where she finished fourth, as well as topping the standings in the McCain Challenge Series, the country’s premier domestic series.
And after suffering three stress fractures in her back in her early career, she believes she is now peaking.
“Last season was productive for me. I made improvements in the 200m and felt I turned a corner” she said. “It has been a long time coming and it’s taken a lot of hard work to get there, but I am improving and learning how to peak at the right time now.
“I managed to dip below the 23.5 seconds barrier a couple of times. We have been looking at my race tactics, endurance and speed and identifying the weak areas of my race.
“Focusing on the 200m has helped and it’s nice going into the winter with a specific target to work towards and focus on, rather than just the usual training regime. But I’m not going to stop the 100m even though I didn’t break my personal best in that this year. It’s important to enjoy athletics and I have a lot of fun in the 100m.”
And with plenty of international events to target next season, including the World Championships in Moscow and the European Indoor Championships, Bloor is ready to make her mark.
“Next season could be my best” she added. “I feel quicker and more powerful than I ever have before and with hopefully an injury-free hard winter’s training under my belt I can produce quicker times.
The McCain UK Challenge is a nationwide competition comprising events for athletes vying for a share in a £30,000 prize fund.