Athletics - Beesley bouncing for 2014

After nearly giving up athletics for good in 2012, Meghan Beesley insists she has never been more excited about heading into a new year than she is now.

After missing out on a spot for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics, Beesley seriously considered doing a PGCE in teaching.

But she opted to stick with it and it proved to be a good choice as 2013 saw her lower her 400m hurdles personal best to 54.97 seconds, placing her sixth on the all-time British rankings.

Beesley also strutted her stuff at last summer's World Championships in Moscow, reaching the semi-finals, and with plenty more major competitions on the horizon in 2014, the 24-year-old can't wait to brush off the cobwebs after some hard winter training.

"It was hard to pick myself up when I didn't get selected for the Olympics and didn't run well," she said. "I was really close to quitting. I was ready to enrol on a course.

"But I am glad that I didn't now because 2013 was great. Breaking 55 seconds was a big milestone for me and it's given me a lot of confidence to push on.

"There is a lot to look forward to this year with the Commonwealth Games and European Championships.

"The fact that the Commonwealths are in Glasgow means that I will get to experience a home crowd, so it's some consolation for missing out on London 2012.

"I remember running at the Commonwealth Games in India and their team won the 4x400m relay race I was competing in.

"The way the crowd got behind them was incredible so it will be nice to have the British support next year.

"I'm really looking forward to testing myself in 2014. I just feel so much more confident in myself now and I feel I have the ability to just find that extra few per cent every time I run.

"Hopefully I can get another good injury-free winter behind me now and build on the success of 2013."