SOLIHULL pole vaulter Rowan May says his return to full fitness could not have gone any better as he prepares to make his comeback from a debilitating knee injury.

The 16-year-old tore the patella tendon in his knee last October, forcing him into a lengthy lay-off that ruined his summer season.

But May, who trains with Halesowen pole-vault coach Pete Hill but competes for Birchfield Harriers, is now less than a month from completing his lay-off.

During his time away from the track, the pole-vaulter kept up the conditioning work needed to twist and contort the body over the bar, working out six times a week while also finishing his GCSEs at Arden School in Knowle.

“The comeback could not have gone any better,” he said.

“I’ve worked on my strength and have probably become a fitter athlete due to my injury because I’ve been able to work on those areas,” he revealed.

May is also a Lloyds TSB Local Hero, a partnership with SportsAid, which provides support and funding to 346 of Britain’s most talented developing athletes on their journey to London 2012 and beyond.

By: Ross Crawford


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