Non Stanford shares her thoughts on injury blow

“When life gives you lemons…. well I’ve pretty much got a swimming pool of lemonade out back right now,” writes reigning ITU world champion

Non Stanford

Following the disappointing news that Non Stanford will not be able to compete in the Commonwealth Games next month due to injury, the Welsh athlete has written on her personal blog that her first response on hearing the news was: “These are not my lemons!”

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“When life gives you lemons… Well I’ve pretty much got a swimming pool of lemonade out back right now. And last week I got my second truckload of freshly delivered lemons,” writes Stanford, 25. She also reveals that it was on the same weekend as WTS London last month that she realised her recovery from a stress fracture in her left ankle was not going to plan.

“An unexplained pain in my ankle started to bother me. As a rehabbing athlete I was on high alert, and any new pain caused mild panic. I’m incredibly lucky to have a great medical team at my fingertips, ready and willing to listen to my irrational worries!”

This left her unable to continue preparations for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next month, and she has been replaced on the Welsh team by last year’s Outlaw Half winner Carol Bridge. Non finishes her blog by saying she hopes to be ready for the WTS Grand Final in Edmonton, Canada: “But these things can’t be rushed. It’ll have to be a work in progress.”

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