PROCTOR Shara < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Anguilla   
Gender Women
Born 16 Sep 1988
Height1.77 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Jacksonville, FL, USA
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She took up athletics in Anguilla, at a grass track that housed the island's only long jump pit and also doubled as a cricket pitch. "The runway was uneven so I'd have to zig-zag doing my run-up. The grass was so long it would sting my legs."
Why this sport? She was initially a sprinter, but growing up in Anguilla there were two girls who often beat her, so she switched to the long jump. She had also played football, but gave it up at age 14 to focus on athletics.
Club / Team Birchfield Harriers: Birmingham, ENG
Name of coach Rana Reider [personal], USA, from 2011
International Debut
Year 2012
Competing for Great Britain
General Interest
Injuries In 2016 she sustained a hamstring injury. (bbc.co.uk, 19 Mar 2016)

She ruptured her left rectus femoris [quadricep muscle] in the long jump final at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and needed surgery. She missed the following indoor season and returned in mid-2015. (iaaf.org, 11 Feb 2016)

In 2013 she suffered from calf problems. (dailymail.co.uk, 11 Aug 2013)
Awards and honours She was named Athlete of the Meet for the 2019 Anniversary Games in London, England, by the British Athletics Supporters Club [BASC]. (basclub.org.uk, 01 Jan 2020)

In 2012 she received the Transmarinis Award from the government of Anguilla. The award recognises outstanding Anguillan achievement in Europe. (theanguillian.com, 17 Aug 2012)
Other sports She played football representing Anguilla at youth level. (followyoursport.com, 14 Feb 2016)
Famous relatives Her parents have both been involved in Anguillan politics. Her father Orris is a retired secretary of education and her mother Wilma has served as the government's director of sport and director of agriculture. (followyoursport.com, 14 Feb 2016)
Other information FROM ANGUILLA TO GREAT BRITAIN
In November 2010 she was granted approval by the International Association of Athletics Federations [IAAF] to transfer allegiance from Anguilla to Great Britain. Because Anguilla is a British Overseas Territory, she has held a British passport since birth. She did not compete at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, for Anguilla as it would have delayed her switch to Great Britain and jeopardised her chances of competing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She represented Anguilla at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, VIC, Australia, and the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan. (telegraph.co.uk, 07 Jul 2011; heraldscotland.com, 18 Feb 2012; sharaproctor.co.uk, 27 Jul 2015)