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Resilient Sarah aims to put her injury woe in the past

By Stuart McKinley

When Sarah Beck takes to the floor at the SECC today it will mark the end of a long and difficult journey.

She has had a lot to deal with for a 17-year-old, with torn ankle ligaments, followed by a toe injury and then a back problem, threatening to leave her having to watch the Commonwealth Games on television.

If she shows the same grit and determination in Glasgow as she has done in overcoming her numerous setbacks, then Sarah's competitors should watch out.

"I had a full year out of competition, which was difficult for me," said Sarah.

"It started with torn ankle ligaments and then when I got back from that I split my toe open.

"I thought that was the end of my bad luck, but then I had a back injury and I was just wondering when it was all going to end."

Thankfully her injury problems cleared up at just the right time to make a charge for inclusion in the Commonwealth Games squad and her form in the last nine months made it difficult for the selectors to leave her out.

"I tried to stay positive as much as I could throughout all the injuries," said Sarah. "It was in the back of my mind that if I was out for too long then I could miss the Commonwealths, but I tried not to think about it too much.

"I trained as much as I was able to and I think that all helped me.

"I competed in the Northern European Championships in Lisburn last autumn and we did very well as a team, coming third.

"It was the first time that Northern Ireland had been placed in eight years."

Sarah, who also competed in the 2012 European Championships, then took third place on the bars at 2014 Irish Championships.

At around the same time there was another significant achievement for Sarah – passing her driving test, meaning that she was able to drive herself from the family home in the Braniel to the Salto Gymnastics Centre in Lisburn, much to the relief of her mother Lesley.

Mum has had other problems as securing tickets to watch her daughter in Glasgow has proved problematic.

She has still made the journey to Glasgow in the hope that a precious ticket will surface.

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