ELLINGTON’S COMMONWEALTH TARGET
JAMES ELLINGTON says he hasn’t ruled out targeting the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games next April as he continues his recovery after a serious motorbike crash earlier this year, writes Jess Whittington.
Ellington and his fellow GB sprinter Nigel Levine were left with career-threatening injuries when the motorbike they were travelling on in Tenerife – where they were warm weather training – crashed into a car that was reportedly driving on the wrong side of the road.
Both athletes sustained pelvic injuries, while European 4x100m gold medallist Ellington also suffered a facial fracture and broken leg bones.
Despite being told that he might never run again, Ellington is looking to make a return to top level competition and is also targeting the 2018 European Championships and 2019
World Championships if the Commonwealth Games comes too soon.
“From the very beginning I told the doctors that my goal was to come back,” he said. “They looked at me a bit dubious like ‘I don’t know about that’ but I’ve proved them wrong so far so now they are starting to believe in me.
“I’m way ahead of where they originally thought I would be.
“It has been the sport that has inspired me to get back,” added Ellington, speaking as an ambassador for Right to Play, which uses sport and play to educate children in some of the world’s poorest communities.
“If it wasn’t for sport, then I wouldn’t really have any need to get back from the injury.”
James Ellington: determined