Nathan Douglas

YST Nathan Douglas

Biography:

Nathan began athletics at the age of 7 and he credits the sport with keeping him focused and out of trouble in life. He graduated from Loughborough University at the age of 21 and qualified for his first senior major championship, the Athens Olympic Games, in the same year. He continued to put in the hard work and was rewarded when he produced a monstrous leap of 17.64m. This was enough to move him up the world rankings to third place, whilst also being the third longest jump of all time by a Team GB athlete. Nathan started the next season brightly but found himself struggling and exhausted. He was secretly battling the symptoms of M.E. Impressively, he still managed to pull out a big enough jump to scrape through to the final at the European Championships and went on to win a silver showing true grit and determination.

At the European Indoor Championships, Nathan beat his indoor personal best, winning the European silver medal and taking him to second in the world rankings. But his season was cut short when he suffered a serious hamstring rupture and he missed the World Championships as a result. Having worked hard to rehabilitate himself from this career-threatening setback, he still managed a return to form and qualified for his second Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. He continued to struggle with setbacks because of his hamstring injury until 2011 and just as he was managing to get back into great shape, a training box collapsed underneath him and he ruptured 3 ligaments in his ankle the year before the 2012 Olympics. Once again he battled back from a career-threatening injury, qualifying and competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and went onto compete in Rio 2016.

Sporting Achievements:

  • Double Olympian
  • Double European Medallist
  • National Champion & Record Holder.