Hello and a very warm welcome to my website.

Here you can follow my progress from my daily tweets, blogs and video diaries, all in the build-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics and beyond.

This website will give you some understanding of what it’ll take for me to get to the top of my game. The good, the bad, the everything in between.

I started my career as a high jumper in my high school age 14. My PE teacher encouraged me to try high jump as I was the tallest in the class. I didn’t even come close to winning my first competition which put me off high jump (I’m ultra competitive and highly driven by success!), but I stuck to athletics because I liked the sport and joined Hercules Wimbledon AC. Later my best friend introduced me to Discus who described them as ‘plates’. I had a go in a small group, beat everyone, never looked back. I have since changed clubs and have competed for Sutton AC and now my current club, Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers.

I have been ranked the UK number 1 Discus thrower since 2011 and ranked inside the top 3 since 2009. I am the 2009 European U23 Bronze medallist, a 2010 Commonwealth finalist and 3 time UK Champion. 2014 saw the arrival of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Here I progressed and reached my goal thus becoming Commonwealth Bronze medallist. I had a great start to this year setting a new English record at 65.10m while in Australia and have been competing regularly in the Diamond League, with a best finish of 3rd at the London Anniversary Games.  At the European Championships in Amsterdam, I produced the best performance ever by a British thrower.  I am also proud to have achieved a lifetime ambition in August becoming an Olympian and competing at the Rio Olympic Games.

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Biography

Date of Birth – March 1987

Hometown – Mitcham, Surrey

Current town – Ipswich, Queensland, Australia

Event – Discus, PB 65.10m

English Record Holder

My first memories of athletics were in my middle school and high school, doing and winning a lot of high jump. My teacher Mr. Pritchard at my high school, asked me to take part in a ‘Borough’ schools competition. I did high jump because I was the tallest but unfortunately I didn’t do too well. He had sparked an interest in the sport though and joined Hercules Wimbledon AC with my best friend Maureen. I started competing the following year when I was 14yrs old. I first got into Discus throwing when Maureen described that she threw a small ‘plate’ thing at school. We found them in the store cupboard, had a go and I beat everyone in the group. So I stuck to it. I did all throwing events with Maureen, with the occasional long jump, triple jump and high jump and also 4x100m relay. I left Hercules to join Sutton AC in a bid for higher competition. After a few years, I left there and joined my current club, Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers.

I wouldn’t say I was a particularly good Junior. I met my current coach in 2003 when I was spotted at a league competition. I made my first AAA’s in 2003 and came 8th. My first English Schools were in 2004 in Gateshead where I finished 6th.  2005 was my final year for English Schools, here I finished 7th.

Jade Lally - Gateshead 2013

My first International was Loughborough International in 2006. This was my first GB vest and the only won I earned as a junior. In 2008 I went to my first competition abroad to Croatia and represented England. The following year I went to my first Championships and came away with a European U23 Bronze medal and a new PB. 2010 saw my first Senior Championships, the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. Here I finished 6th.

2012

was a disappointing year for me in both my personal life and in my athletic career. I qualified but was not selected for the London Olympics. I also unperformed at the European Championships and failed to make the final. However I felt that year will be a pivotal year in my life.

 2013

was on the whole a very good year. Although I did not PB, I signed with my current competition agent, improved my seasons average, my top 5 throws were comfortably above what I had achieved previously and I threw over 60m at the UK Champs which makes me only the 3rd British person to have done that. I also qualified for the World Championships in Moscow but unfortunately was not selected.

2014

Breakthrough year for me! Here I qualified for my second Commonwealth Games, this time in Glasgow. I came away with a new Seasons Best performance of 60.48m and a Bronze medal- 12 years after the last English woman to medal! The downside of 2014 was finding out I more more kidney stones and required another op to have them all removed, including the partial staghorn calculi I had made in there!

2015

Another big year, but not seemingly obvious to most. I trained in Australia with 2009 World Champ and the 2014 Commonwealth Champion Dani Samuels and Commonwealth finalist Christie Chamberlain for 6 weeks. Learned a lot about the background work for elite Discus throwing through Dani, Denis (her coach) and New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS). Upon my return to the UK, I unfortunately found out that I would need a parathyroidectomy. I discussed it with my coach and we decided to have it as soon as possible to minimise interference with our Olympic preparations- ultimately sacrificing our hopes of going to my first World Champs in Beijing. The good news is after undergoing surgery in May, I won the UK Championships 7 weeks later! Then threw over 60m again 2 days after that! In August however, I passed another kidney stone(!) and ended the season. I got the all clear soon after and officially started my winter training…for the 2016 Olympic Games 🙂

2016

A location photoshoot with British record Holder and Champion Discus Thrower, Jade LallyI broke the English twice early in the year. It now stands at 65.10m. I went to both the Rio Olympic Games and the European Championships. The latter finishing with the highest placing by a Brit, ever. I won my 5th British title and attended every Diamond League competition during the season; my highest placing was 3rd at the London Anniversary Games. I finished inside the top 10 in the World Rankings for 2016.”

2017

I competed at my first World Championships which were held in London. Unfortunately I was still managing a back injury so did not make the final, but I was happy with my performance and finished 19th with 57.71m. I finished ranked 26th in the World with a 62.15m throw early in the year in Sydney. I took part in the prestigious Diamond League for another year and won my 6th British Title.

2018

Early in the season it was the Commonwealth Games in Australia. This was my 3rd Commonwealth Games but unfortunately I was injured and finished 7th.

Later in the year however, I did win my 7th British title which was a special day for me. As a result of this, I competed at the Athletics World cup where I finished in 4th place. After coming in ranked 6th, my coach and I were really pleased with this result.

Finally to finish the year off, I competed in my 3rd European Championships where I made the final for a second time.

I have dealt with a number of setbacks this year with my back but I am proud to say that I have steadily improved during the season.

My seasons best was broken 3 times, at the start, middle and end of the year. Although I didn’t throw over 60m this year- the first time since 2011 I didn’t get over the magic mark, I did come close numerous times in both training and in competition.

2019

I am expecting my first child in the summer of 2019 so will not be competing this year. I do plan on making a comeback next year and qualifying for my second Olympic Games.

2020

2020 was my comeback season after having Nyla in July 2019.

However, I don’t think a single person could have predicted what a year this would turn out to be. The Coronavirus pandemic quite literally, changed the entire world.

Fortunately, after careful training and planning, I was able to compete during the season. I finished top of the British rankings for the 8th time and picked up my 10th National senior medal. Days after the 2020 season had ended, I moved to Australia to start my new life with my boyfriend and our little girl, Nyla. We will live here for the foreseeable.

My Team:

Lead Coach – Zane Duquemin

Osteopath – Pete Marett

Physio – Gordon Bosworth

Personal Trainer

I have been a Personal Trainer and Sport Massage Therapist since 2008.

I later became qualified in GP Referral and worked with people with physical and/or psychological challenges, people recovering from stroke, brain injuries, returning from major surgery and so forth. I have also worked at the other end of the scale and collaborated with International sports people and helped them get closer to their full potential.

I became a qualified Strength and Conditioning coach in 2016 and became an Athletics coach in 2019. I frequently deliver workshops to young athletes (and whomever is interested) on how to programme, what to programme, exercises selection, personal experience from elite level sport, fundamentals of sports nutrition, fundamentals for throwing events and all things Discus related.

A small snippet from a session with the Breaking Habits team! Upper body, lower body, core…TICK!

Blog

 

 

Jade’s Videos

64m throw from Auckland,

New Zealand

My 64m Throw in Auckland, New Zealand!!

Behind the scenes in New Zealand

Breaking the English Record……Twice!!

2014 Commonwealth Games

Watch Jade Lally’s personal experience of Glasgow 2014, with too many cameos to mention!!

My Humps!!

Fun in the car at the San Diego WWT 2014

97.5kg bounce bench for 5

in the Gym, March 2014

Box Squat 130kg x 5

in the Gym, South Africa WWT, January 2014

Deadlift 140kg x 5

in the Gym, South Africa WWT, January 2014

Bench 90kg x 5

in the Gym, South Africa WWT, January 2014

Training Throw

South Africa WWT, January 2014

Discus Hip Drill

in the Gym, South Africa WWT, January 2014

Box Squats 120kg x 5

in the Gym, South Africa WWT, January 2014

Floor Press 65kg

in the Gym October 2013

Vaxjo 2013

Throw at Vaxjo, 55.08m

May 2011

Throwing in my field, thanks to G.B. Graham & Son.

Throwsfest – Hendon 2011

First time I threw over 60m! Hendon, 2011. 1st place

New South Wales Champs behind the scenes @ Sydney

So part 2 of my crazy three days! And another new English Record! 65.10m!

San Diego WWT, 2014

Warm weather training

San Diego 2014

165 x5 box squat

in the Gym March 2014

Box Squat Feet Off

in the Gym Jan 2014, South Africa. WWT

Speed Bench 60kg x 5

in the Gym Jan 2014, South Africa. WWT

Jerk 70kg x 5

in the Gym Jan 2014, South Africa. WWT

Training Throw

Jan 2014, South Africa. WWT

Jerk Behind Neck 50kg x 5

in the Gym Jan 2014, South Africa. WWT

Deadlift 130kg x 5

in the Gym Jan 2014, South Africa. WWT

Sumo Deadlift 117.5kg

in the Gym October 2013

British Championship 2013

British Female Discus Champion 13th July 2013

Hip Snatch 65kg

Hip Snatch 2013

Bedford 2012

Sponsors

Sponsors

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Photos:

DanRossLogoa huge thanks to Dan for these amazing pictures! A great photographer and a true professional.  http://www.dan-ross.com/

Dan is a portrait and advertising photographer working out of London on commissions ranging from sport to fashion, and shooting for such brands as Heineken and Cadbury’s.

He is currently undertaking a range of personal projects around photographing sporting people in his own way – to show them as they are. This is a large reason Dan really wanted to get involved with helping create some great images for Jade.

Mike Hewitt – For the brilliant photos in my field.

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