Watts eager to resume old rivalries

Katy Watts will line-up at the Loughborough International
Katy Watts will line-up at the Loughborough International
Emma Montiel was the first woman home in the 243rd Southsea parkrun. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

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JAVELIN QUEEN Katy Watts is raring to go as she prepares to make her season’s bow at the Loughborough International on Sunday.

Former City of Portsmouth ace Watts hasn’t competed since finishing third at the third annual UK Javelin Carnival in Bedford last September.

That means she has yet to throw for new club Trafford AC after making the switch to the UK National League premier division side at the end of last season.

But what better way to begin a new era than being accompanied by the best that Britain has to offer in the javelin.

The Emsworth woman is among a top-class guest list who will go for glory in Leicestershire at the weekend.

And Watts, who finished last season seventh in the UK rankings, is exciting at the prospect of resuming some old rivalries so early into the season.

‘The counties are normally my first run out of the season but because they’re so late this year I haven’t had the opportunity to compete yet,’ said Watts.

‘But I wanted to do this one, and make the most of Loughborough’s high-profile field.

‘I’ve got the Bedford International Games coming up, which is quite a big one, so wanted to get a competition under my belt before then.

‘I’m feeling fit and well and just can’t wait to get on with it and to get back into competition again.

‘All the best athletes will be at Loughborough, including Isabelle Jeffs, who has thrown over 53m this year already, so it should be a good competition.

‘I’m not putting too much pressure on myself with it being my first competition of the season, but hopefully I’ll be able to surprise myself.

‘My training has went well over the winter and I managed to go to Thailand for some warm-weather training, too, so hopefully that will pay off over the season.

Watts’ best throw currently stands at 52m 41cm – a marker set in 2009.

The goal this season is to gain entry to next year’s Commonwealth Games.

And Watts believes that is a realistic goal.

‘The B standard is around 54m, so the aim is improve on my PB and get the qualifying standard for Glasgow.’