Sports Awards: Jackson on the hunt for more silverware
IRON-WILLED Emma Jackson has vowed to return to win more Sentinel/City of Stoke-on-Trent Sports Personality honours by embracing a new-found angry streak.
The gutsy middle-distance runner had hoped taking two awards at last year's showpiece would set up a season of glory on the track.
Instead, a freak stress fracture of a rib led to her missing the London 2012 Olympics – and perhaps with it her best chance of retaining the senior individual title.
That only tells part of the story, as misguided advice from UK Athletics physios meant the 24-year-old has only just been able to train for 45-minute sessions again.
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Still, with a World Championships on the horizon, Jackson, from Newcastle, is determined to make 2013 the year that 2012 had promised to be.
She said: "I was made to run while I had the stress fracture of the rib but, as you try to compensate, I ended up with a stress fracture in my other foot.
"I tried to start running again before Christmas, but still got shooting pains in my foot.
"That was when a different physiotherapist than normal suggested I'd had the wrong rehab advice.
"I'd done everything I'd been asked so it was very frustrating – but my new physio is fantastic and I feel like I'm finally on the right path again.
"I've come back with a lot more anger and fight than I ever had before.
"Being screwed over has given me an extra edge I had perhaps previously lacked as a competitor.
"I'm doing everything I possibly can now to make sure what happened in 2012 can never happen to me again."
Jackson had become only the 18th British woman in history to run the 800m in under two minutes and just missed out on a final spot at the 2011 World Championships.
She was showing her international class with A standard times before suffering the rib injury in training, which sparked a selection controversy for the London Games.
The former St Joseph's College student was overlooked in favour of Lynsey Sharp, whose personal best still stands more than a second slower than Jackson's.
There was fury among athletics circles and homes up and down the Potteries after the decision to omit her.
Jackson said: "Without my coach Alan Morris I don't now where I would be.
"I knew he was a first-class coach anyway, but he has stood in my corner more than I could have asked.
"I got so much support from the people around Stoke, too. People who I hadn't seen in 10 years told me they'd been crying about the bad luck that had hit me.
"It makes me even more determined to bring everyone here success on the track.
"Hopefully I can be back in 2014 to reclaim the senior individual title once again. I would love that."
Jackson was also named Stoke-on-Trent female Sports Personality of the Year 12 months ago, with cricketer Ben Johnson picking up the men's award.
In the senior individual stakes she followed an elite group including England cricket all-rounder Danielle Wyatt, pictured, and the country's top pole vaulter, Steve Lewis.
Nominations are now open for this year's awards.