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Commonwealth athlete changed event following injury

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Four years ago Olivia Curran planned to represent the Isle of Man in gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games.  However, following a serious knee ligament injury, the teenage gymnast was ruled out of the Dehli Games. The accident happened during a training routine manoeuver only days before the event. On Saturday, however, Olivia Curran will be representing the Isle of Man in the pole vault following an event transformation.

The 23-year-old will be competing in Glasgow as a pole vaulter. She is the first Manx female gymnast to compete at the Commonwealth Games and even deferred her place at University to qualify. Following her training accident, and an unsuccessful cartilage operation, doctors told her that she might never play, let alone compete, in sport again. 

“Great challenge”

Despite this news, Curran dedicated two years to trying different sports and regaining her fitness. After discovering pole vault, she said: “Going from near the top in one sport to rock bottom of another has been a great challenge.

Following a long battle through her injury and a steep climb to the top of the pole vaulting profession, Curran said that she has “loved the journey”. She continued: “I’m in the best physical shape of my life and I want to enjoy the whole experience and do myself proud. I really want to set a new personal best in Glasgow.

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