Lee Doran - GB & Welsh Javelin

I first started throwing when I was just 12 years old after picking up a cricket ball at the Gateshead Tartan Games and breaking a longstanding record. Many people said to me to give javelin throwing a try which I quickly took in as I couldn’t think of anything worse running around and around the athletics track which I was doing!

What’s easier than running 20-25m down a runway and throwing a long stick? (Well I soon realised at a later age it is harder than it looks with a split second between doing something good to doing something bad which is obviously the difference between a big throw and a really bad throw!). I really followed in my sisters footsteps Colette Doran (who claimed Silver at the European Deaf Championships in 2007), as she began throwing before me and at the time and was a better thrower. My sister turned into a really good training partner for me and to this day inspires me. In my first year of competing as a U13 Javelin Thrower I finished 2nd in the rankings to a big guy named Edward Dunford who is quite a successful decathlete. My coach at the time was my father Michael Doran who at the time didn’t know much about the javelin but I had to respect him as he then studied through reading books and contacting other coaches and to this day he has coached numerous English Schools Champions,  with most recent being Natasha Wilson. When I reached 14 years old my father thought it was time for me to move on. He thought he had taken me as far as he could and moved me on to Ex Commonwealth Games Finalist Karen Costello of Scotland, it was then I quickly excelled to being one of the best throwers in my age groups picking up numerous UK age group titles and gaining top 10 UK All-Time Ranking u17 throwing a personal best of 67.31m to take the UK Schools Title by almost 9metres! In 2002 I went to a training camp out in South Africa with the Great Britain throws team and was throwing some very good distances but when I got back I competed and did quite a bit of damage to a disc in my back which completely destroyed my season and my whole year to be honest.

In 2004, I recovered from my back injury but felt I was completely back to where I started in terms of building up my technique but turned out to be an ok year representing Great Britain U20, AAA’s UK Champion with a personal best 66.14m (winning on my last throw) and being accepted into UWIC University where I would be departing from my great coach Karen Costello and joining a training group run by my present coach John Davies. I found to further my career I needed to join a group of a good standard and this included the likes of Rhys Williams (PB=67.94), Jason Hallett (PB=64.88) and Lianne Clarke (PB=52.68). I slowly progressed and in 2007 threw a personal best of 73.75m in Sousse, Tunisia leaving me Number 1 UK U23 and Number 4 Senior but after a groin strain I just missed out on European U23 selection so decided to finish my season early. I changed coaches in 2008 which just didn’t work well for me and struggled throughout the campaign so decided to move back to John Davies with Sarah Moore taking over my strength and conditioning, together we have slowly improved year after year and have always planned this leading up to London 2012. 2010 I competed for Wales at the XIX Commonwealth Games, Delhi. The experience was fantastic and it was amazing to be part of such a great team where we all pulled together and brought home one of Wales BEST EVER PERFORMANCES at a Commonwealth Games!!

I finished in 5th place which has to be one of the highlights of my career to date and left me hungry for more. 2011 has been a great season for me to be consistent and to win the Aviva UK Trials & Championships with a personal best (78.63) was a great feeling and edging ever closer to that Olympic Qualifying standard.

2012 has been a frustrating year with season starting off with promise; I had hit the best opener ever with a throw of 3 metres over this but suffered an ankle injury in May. I still managed to throw a personal best of 79.72m and an Olympic ‘B’ Standard but wasn’t enough to gain selection for the team. This was very heartbreaking but after my operation and the pain of missing out on my life-long goal, this has given me more hunger and drive to succeed and reach my targets. So I hope you enjoy my website and all the latest news on my build up over the next 4 years leading into Rio 2016 Olympic Games!

After much thinking, I am now based at Loughborough in The Midlands where I will be training full time with my new coach David Parker. I have looked at the view that I will be staying here for 4 years in the build up to The Rio Olympics in 2016 where I hope to reach the final of the javelin and really looking forward to the future with a superb team around me where we are all striving to be the best! 2014 is a very big and exciting year with very big expectations, starting with retaining my UK title from 2011, 2012 & 2013 to competing and hopefully gaining medals at The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and at The European Championships shortly after!!

Name: Lee Doran
Height: 5ft 11"
DOB: March 1985
City of Birth: Carlisle
City of Residence: Cardiff
Event: Javelin
Personal Best:  79.72m (Birmingham- 23/06/12)
Hobbies: Coaching in Primary and Secondary Schools, Athletics Performance Coaching, Personal Training (www.Pulse-Performance.com) and hitting a few at the driving range!