Jenny Nesbitt will make her Commonwealth Games debut for Wales on the Gold Coast, after her selection to run in the 10,000m was confirmed by the Commonwealth Games Federation last week. Nesbitt will join a talented group of welsh women’s distance runners in Australia, that includes Elinor Kirk, Caryl Jones and Melissa Courtney.
The Worcester based athlete shared her delight at being selected after she received the phone call from Scott Simpson, Head of Performance, last Tuesday evening. Nesbitt commented “I couldn’t believe it when I was told that I’d been selected, and I am just so, so happy to be given the opportunity to represent Wales on the Gold Coast”. Indeed, life has become somewhat hectic for the University of Bath student since gaining her selection, as she rushed down to Cardiff last week to complete routine physio assessments and pick up her Team Wales kit, ahead of her flight out to Australia with the majority of Team Wales’ athletics squad this afternoon, Monday 12th.
Selection for the games is made even sweeter by the fact that Nesbitt has undergone two knee surgeries in the last 18 months, setbacks she believes have only made her stronger in her return to form this year. “Having been through two operations in the past 18 months, it makes my selection feel even better, and I’m really hoping that I can produce my best performance on the Gold Coast and use the Games as a springboard to progress even more.”
Chris Jones, National Endurance Manager, also commented on Nesbitt’s selection, stating “Jenny is coming into great form, and has been pushing for selection having represented Great Britain at the World Student Games and European u23 Championships last year. It’s a really exciting opportunity for one of our up and coming young athletes to compete on the world stage.”
Nesbitt will compete in the Women’s 10,000m Final on the 9th of April at the Carrara Stadium, having raced herself back into form over the past few months. After finishing 6th at the BUCS Cross-Country Championships on the 6th February, she then competed at the Armagh 3k Road Race, before producing a fine performance at the Bourton 10k on the 25th February, where she ran a personal best time on the road of 33:24.