Irish Olympic High Jump hopeful Deirdre Ryan is eager to get back into competitive action ahead of London 2012, following an ankle injury which has ruled the Dundrum-based athlete out since January.
Ryan jumped a career best 1.95 metres for a new national record at the World Championships in September and it was also good enough to book a spot at this summer's games.
The 30-year-old placed joint-sixth at that event in South Korea but has been out of action since and is impatiently anticipating her return:
“I didn't do an indoor season this year, I sprained my ankle in January. It wasn't bad but just bad timing really.” she says.
“I haven't competed since last summer so I think it's time I got back out there again.”
“Once the season starts, the time will start to fly. Shanghai in May will be my first competition of the year and then it'll be no time until the Olympics.”
Irish Sailors David Burrows and Peter O'Leary also continue their build up to the games
The pair qualified Ireland for the 2012 Olympics in the Star sailing discipline when they placed 9th in the ISAF World Sailing Championships, Perth, Australia in March and are heartened to see their hard work starting to pay-off.
“It's a long road, we're two years into this campaign and another year before that.” says 3-time Olympian Burrows.
“It really is a long process but it's really satisfying when you start achieving the goals and targets that you set. We're in a position now where we were scheduled to be, so we're pleased with that.”