Jade Lally has been representing Great Britain since 2006 and made her Olympic debut 10 years later in Rio. With the Tokyo 2020 countdown well underway, a baby was not on the agenda.
For someone whose body is their work tool, that’s tough to come to terms with, but she is optimistic she will be able to juggle motherhood and continue as an athlete “I don’t want my child to feel that she is coming second to anything, I will have to learn to juggle putting her needs alongside mine as an athlete.”
On Welcoming her pregnancy, the seven-time British discus champion said “It’s a daily struggle, I knew my performance was going to fall off, I knew there were going to be things I wouldn’t be able to do, but actually going through that is harder than I anticipated.”
The Commonwealth bronze medallist is 32 and has no sponsor, no funding, Having qualified but not selected for the London 2012 Olympics, Lally did make her Games debut at Rio 2016 but as far as the Olympics are concerned, she has unfinished business. When her daughter arrives, she will have exactly 12 months until the Tokyo Olympics get under way.
A formidable challenge, but Lally acknowledges next year’s Olympic Games will not be a do or die affair, she believes “If my body isn’t the same and I can’t get to Tokyo, I’ve got Paris 2024 olympics. Paris will be the one, I’ve already moved the stepping stone, I’ll be 37, but I will have a four-year-old at that point and that surely will be easier than the first year” she says.
Lally who admitted almost choosing her career over motherhood, said she weighed up her options and came to only one conclusion “If I fail and never go to an Olympics again, I’ve got a baby girl and I will be happy with that.”