Nathan Douglas

Nathan Douglas

Nathan Douglas has continued to prove his potential as a world class athlete ever since his first stand-out achievement in 2003 when he became British U23 Triple Jump Champion. He is continually admired for the elegant style and spring with which he carries out the triple jump, and it is this which allowed him to develop on his early success.

Nathan made his senior debut the following year in 2004 at the age of 21, where he improved his lifetime best from 16.49m to 16.95m at the Olympic Trials with his final jump in the 6th round. This resulted in qualification for the Athens Olympic Games, which was testimony to his outstanding talent at such a young age. In the qualifying rounds he jumped beyond expectations and narrowly missed the final by a mere 2cm.

Making a big impact the following season, Nathan competed at only his second senior outing in 2005; the European Indoor Championships, where he placed 4th; only a few centimeters away from a medal. He continued to put in the hard work throughout 2005 and was rewarded when he produced a PB jump of 17.64m. This ranked him 3rd in the world and also 3rd in the all-time British triple jumping list. He set his existing lifetime best of 17.64m at the AAA Championships with his final jump where he won the UK title for the 2nd consecutive year. This distance did not only show he was competing amongst the world’s best, it also provided evidence that he was capable of performing exceptionally well under immense pressure, making him a potential medal contender for the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki.

In 2006 Nathan competed at the World Indoor Championships where he was placed 7th. Taking confidence from this, Nathan’s hard work was rewarded when he picked up his first senior medal at the European Championships, taking Silver. He missed out on Gold to Olympic Champion Christian Olsson, however, he defeated Olympic Medalist Marian Oprea and his compatriot Phillips Idowu in the process.

Nathan started 2007 with an indoor best of 17.14m to come 2nd in Stuttgart and improved that to 17.19m to win the UK title in Sheffield. He then had a superb competition to take the silver medal at the European Indoors, in what was an epic battle with Phillips Idowu. He smashed his PB to 17.47m, which ranked him 2nd in the world. Nathan reproduced this form in the outdoor season, but a serious hamstring injury cut short his season and he missed the World Championships in Osaka.

Having worked hard to rehabilitate himself from this setback, he managed a return to form in the Olympic trials in 2008, jumping 17.18m to qualify for the Beijing Olympics. However, Nathan had not recovered sufficiently to progress the qualifying round, but was pleased to have made it to the Games after such a bad injury.

In 2009, Nathan picked up an injury 2 weeks before the World Championships in Berlin, however he still managed to qualify for the final. After nursing his way back to fitness, he finished in a respectable 10th place.

After thinking his season was over due to injury in 2010, Nathan somehow managed to pull off a 17m+ jump at the European Trials in what was only his second competition of the year. After only a few weeks’ training for the European Championships in Barcelona, Nathan still managed to qualify for the final finishing 10th. He then went on to produce fine form at the Commonwealth’s in Delhi, narrowly missing out on a medal finishing 4th.

Nathan went in to the 2011 season back to his best and had his mind set on producing a solid performance at the World Championships in Daegu. Warm weather training was going great until the final day where Nathan suffered an unfortunate accident due to a piece of faulty training equipment collapsing underneath him. It resulted in him tearing ligaments in his ankle and he was out for the remainder of the season. UK Athletics Head Coach Charles van Commenee believed Nathan would come back strong, and return to his best in time for the London 2012 Olympics. He said: “After four years of having to deal with various injury problems it was looking like this season Nathan was going to be better than ever before.  It’s a real blow that in literally his last session on his last day of warm-weather training he has once again suffered misfortune, and there was nothing he or his coach could have done to prevent it. I have been impressed by what I saw of Nathan prior to his setback and I am confident he can still achieve something special.”

Nathan decided to concentrate on his Outdoor season for 2012 and had a full winter’s training rather than competing indoors. Feeling in good shape, he went out to his first competition in Hengelo confident of a strong performance. However, weather conditions were extremely bad and this led Nathan to slipping on the jump board, rupturing his hamstring in the process. He found himself fighting to get back from injury in time for the Olympic Trials; however this was not meant to be, and he missed out on a chance to be considered for the Olympic Team.

Shortly after the Olympics, Nathan was swiftly back to full training knowing that the 2012/2013 season would be crucial for him. Any doubts that had crept in due to his injuries were quickly diffused by three outstanding results in 2013. One First place, and two Second places at Folksam Challenge and the Bedford International Games resulted in Nathan getting the call-up to represent Great Britain in the European Team Championships in Sweden, where he took home the Bronze for Great Britain. Taking confidence from here he went on to compete at the Diamond League in Birmingham where Nathan jumped an impressive 17.20m. He finished his season at the British Championships where he placed 2nd.

In 2014 after overcoming some more injury problems, Nathan performed well and was selected for the England team to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where he qualified for the final and finished in 11th place.

Fully fit going in to 2015, Nathan had an extremely successful winter training regime and was confident he could get back to form and jump the World Class distances which gave him the title of one of Great Britain’s most talented Athlete’s. This proved the case as Nathan has claimed victory in the Bedfordshire International Games and was selected for Great Britain to compete in the European Championships in Russia.

Nathan started off 2016 by competing in the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix, finishing fifth with 16.23m. A week later he then competed in the British Indoor Championships and was tipped to win the triple jump competition. However, he finished third with 15.93m in Sheffield after picking up a minor injury in his first jump. After a gruelling winter training regime, Nathan narrowly missed out on the opportunity to compete for Great Britain in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Nathan has taken part in the TV series The Biggest Loser. This showed Nathan providing his expert knowledge to help train members of the public lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. He was also recently a pundit for Al Jazeera giving his expert Athletic knowledge on their London Calling show and has been a guest on a number of popular television programmes including Match of the Day Kick About and Game Changers. Not only that, Nathan is regularly asked on as a guest on a number of Talk Sport radio shows.

Off the back of his media experiences and because of his calm laid back approach, he was selected to be one of the main reporters for Channel 5 News over the Olympic period. Here Nathan used his expert athletic knowledge to analyse performances that had gone on throughout the day.

Not only is he in demand for media appearances, he is also constantly requested for modelling jobs. Most recently this has seen him model for Hello Magazine and he has also walked the catwalk to model at the Style Birmingham Model show alongside fellow athlete Ashia Hansen.

Nathan has a Bsc in Sport and Exercise Science majoring in Psychology from Loughborough University, is an ICF ACSTH certified professional coach, and is a Licensed Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming.  He has used these qualifications to become a Performance Coach for athletes and businesses wanting to achieve world class performance whilst creating a permanent change to their lives. Nathan works with his clients over video calls as well as face to face, allowing his clients to be anywhere in the world, and still able to improve on their performance with Nathan’s guidance. His website can be accessed here: http://www.jumpyourperformance.com/.

 

Twitter: @NathanJDouglas

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