Golfer not fit to compete YOUTH OLYMPICS
ANNABEL Dimmock insists it is with her long-term future in mind that she took the tough decision to withdraw from the Youth Olympic Games in China.
A back injury that has been troubling the Hillingdon-born golfer all summer flared up again on Monday evening.
The 17-year-old said the decision to pull out was not taken lightly, particularly as she has been practising at the driving range and getting a look at the Nanjing course – one she believes would have suited her style of play.
However, with her main focus being the Rio Games in two years’ time, Dimmock believes she made the right judgment.
“It was a really tough decision to withdraw,” she said. “I sat down with my team leader, Becca Wood, chef de mission Sarah Winckless and the physios and we came to a decision based on what would be best for me.
“And while not competing isn’t the decision I wanted, it is the right decision. I’ve had the injury for a while and I actually only started being able to hit balls two days before we flew to China last week.
“We hoped it would have healed enough and I would have been okay for competition but it is a ligament strain and unfortunately it wasn’t going to heal with just rest.”
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In a top-of-the-table clash, they edged out neighbours Northwood A 28-26 to take three points and put one hand on the trophy.
They need just two points from their final match, against Century, to guarantee the title.
Eastcote need only one point from their last match to avoid the drop after losing 36-33 to Harrow. This would relegate Mill, who were beaten 38-25 at Century.
In Division Two, winners at Kingsbury but a 55-17 reverse at Pinner.
Northwood are closing in on the Veteran’s League Division One title after being awarded five points when opponents Hendon failed to raise a team.
Only Wealdstone can now deny them the title, but they need 9.5 out of a possible 10 points to do so.
In the Chiltern and Thames League, Cowley came out on top 70-40 in their match against neighbours
Michael Webber, Karen Fisher and Stan Driver were first to play and they led the way with the highest winning rink of 25-8.
also took on Yiewsley and West Drayton and enjoyed a 65-33 success.
There were two equal highest winning rinks – B Poole, S Cutmore and D Maylin (26-17) and P Rance and S Brennan (19-10). were 39-26