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Late-bloomer Dawkins coming to terms with Commonwealth Games pick

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SAM DAWKINS says missing national schoolboy competitions because he was ‘never good enough’ has only added to his delight after being selected to run at the Commonwealth Games.

Despite failing to qualify for a number of major events as a schoolboy, Sam Dawkins (left) has done enough to earn selection for the 2018 Commonwealth Games

The 24-year-old 400m specialist is the first track athlete since Mike Guegan [Edinburgh 1994] to earn a call-up for Team Jersey, and his Gold Coast 2018 selection comes after he failed to reach any of the standards required to represent the Channel Islands at the U18 English Schools Championships.

'Everyone talks about the English Schools when you’re a junior – it’s always the competition to be at – but at that point in my life I was never good enough,' he said.

'That just adds to the surprise that I’m the first in 20 years. It all seems a bit crazy to me.’

The Jersey Spartan AC member also had to overcome an ankle-break just 11 months ago.

Full story in Tuesday's JEP.

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