FIT AMISS HOME FOR GAMES SHOT
BEFORE spending 18 months in Sweden, Doug Amiss was uncertain about his athletics future.
Now the 400m hurdler wants a shot at Commonwealth Games selection.
Amiss, 23, recently returned from a beneficial stint based in Stockholm where he taught PE and science at an English school. He also secured a contract with renowned athletics club HSK.
However before returning to Ipswich in peak condition, he suffered a major injury setback.
"This year I went to my first race meeting,'' he said.
"I didn't do so well in the first race and in the second race I tore my hamstring quite seriously.
"It was a big tear. I was at full pace then all of a sudden I felt this sharp pain at the back of my leg and I couldn't put it on the ground.
"I tumbled and rolled and it was a burning pain. I couldn't walk for two or three days.''
Amiss was sidelined for 10 weeks.
He underwent rehab on his damaged left hamstring in a bid to return for the Swedish championships in August.
"But we got to a point where my coach said I wasn't ready so we stopped and we started focusing on this season,'' the Ipswich and District Athletics Club hurdler said.
Amiss used the time to examine his weaknesses "and we worked on those''.
"I've come through really, really well this season,'' the upbeat athlete said after doing a few training hurdle runs at Bill Paterson Oval.
"I'm faster, fitter, stronger than I've ever been before.
"All those troubles were back February to April and I'm fit and ready to go now.''
That's why Rosewood-based Amiss can't wait to try and qualify for the Australian team heading to next year's Commonwealth Games in Scotland.
His first chance is on January 12 at University of Queensland. He needs to run at least 50.15 seconds.
"I'm hoping there (at UQ) to qualify for the Briggs Track Classic in Hobart and from there go to Sydney and Melbourne track classics.''
As for his Commonwealth Games hopes, Amiss said: "It's so hard to tell.''
"I haven't competed in a 400m hurdles race since April 2012. I'm definitely a lot faster,'' the former West Moreton Anglican College student said.
"My coach in Sweden said I was probably sitting just off the qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games.''