Sayers given GB captaincy

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Javelin star Goldie Sayers has been announced as the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team captain for this year’s European Championships in Zurich.

The Newmarket-born athlete, who has won 11 British titles, was announced yesterday as the captain for the six-day event, which starts on Tuesday, after being selected for the role by British Athletics performance director Neil Black.

Sayers’ welcome news comes a week after she finished outside the medals at this year’s Commonwealth Games, when finishing in seventh with a throw of 57.68 metres, one which was well below her personal best of 66.17m.

“Obviously I was thrilled when Neil asked me,” said Sayers.

“Having had a fairly nightmarish past 18 months and not knowing whether I’d ever throw or compete again, getting back into a Team GB vest alone has been incredible.

“To say captaincy is an added bonus is a massive understatement.

“I’ve been told I am a role model because of my career longevity, but looking around me at this incredible young team, I am in awe of how professional and motivated everyone is.

“It is an honour to be captain to this new crop.”

Performance director Black added he was only to happy to select the 32-year-old for the role.

“I was delighted to offer Goldie the captaincy,” said Black.

“If there is anyone who can offer words of advice and inspiration to our team, I know she can, and I look forward to seeing her back in the GB and NI vest.”