DOUGLAS Nathan < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA England   
Gender Men
Born 04 Dec 1982 in Oxford, ENG
Height1.83 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Birmingham, ENG
Occupation Athlete, Coach, Director
Languages English
Higher education Sports Science - Loughborough University: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began the sport at school and joined the Oxford City Athletics Club at age seven.
Why this sport? He beat the fastest child at school and was encouraged by him and his parents to join the local club.
Club / Team Oxford City Athletics Club: England
Name of coach Aston Moore
Coach from which country? England
Footedness Right
International Debut
Year 2004
Competing for Great Britain
Tournament Olympic Games Qualifying
General Interest
Nicknames Dougie, GQ, Skippy or D. (Athlete, 31 July 2008)
Hobbies Spending time with friends, listening to music, watching films, playing computer games, reading and walking, supporting Arsenal football club. (Athlete, 31 July 2008; Twitter profile, 26 Jun 2014)
Most influential person in career Coach Ted King, and his grandmother and mother. (Athlete, 31 July 2008)
Hero / Idol English footballer Ian Wright, and US sprinter Michael Johnson. (Athlete, 31 July 2008)
Injuries He missed the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Russian Federation due to injury. (bbc.co.uk, 14 Oct 2013)

He missed the 2012 Olympic Games in London due to a thigh injury. (nathan-douglas.com, 13 Jan 2016)

During warm weather training in 2011 he suffered an accident due to a piece of training equipment collapsing underneath him. It resulted in him tearing ligaments in his ankle and he was out for the remainder of the season. (nathan-douglas.com, 26 Jun 2014)

He competed in the first half of 2008 despite a long-term hamstring injury. (oxfordmail.net, 28 Jul 2008)

He was forced to miss the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan after tearing his hamstring at a Grand Prix event. (BBC Sport, 24 Jul 2007)

He suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome in 2006. (jumpyourperformance.com, 06 Jan 2016)

He suffered a knee injury in 2004 and required surgery to remove bone spurs in October 2005. (BBC Sport, 24 Jul 2007)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Fly or die." (nathan-douglas.com, 13 Jan 2016)
Other sports He was initially a sprinter, then a long jumper, before finally settling on triple jump. He says he might also have been a professional footballer, but turned the chance down to pursue athletics. (nuff-respect.co.uk, 31 Dec 2007; England CWG Handbook Guide, 2010)
Ambitions To compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (nathan-douglas.com, 17 Apr 2014; nathan-douglas.com, 13 Jan 2016)
Other information JUMP YOUR PERFORMANCE
In 2015 he set up his own company called Jump Your Performance, which specialises in peak performance and mindset coaching. (nathan-douglas.com, 13 Jan 2016; jumpyourperformance.com, 06 Jan 2016)

SPORTS DIRECTOR
He also works as a sports director at Blueberry Sports, an English vitamins and supplements company. (LinkedIn profile, 2016)

QUALIFICATIONS
He is a certified professional coach and a licensed practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming. (jumpyourperformance.com, 06 Jan 2016)

FUNDING
He lost his national UK lottery funding in 2013 after nearly two years of injuries, and believes not enough financial help is given to help athletes while they recover. "If you're injured they're not interested, especially if you've had back-to-back injuries. [So] you keep plugging away and you have a few sponsors who help keep you going and you wait until the tide turns." (bbc.co.uk, 14 Oct 2013)

MEDIA APPEARANCES
He took part in the British version of the television weight loss show 'The Biggest Loser'. He has modelled for Hello Magazine and walked the catwalk at the Style Birmingham Model show alongside fellow athlete Ashia Hansen. He has also been a pundit on Channel 5, Talksport and Al Jazeera, as well as a Guest Sportsman on BBC Match of the Day Kickabout and Sky Sports Game Changers. (nathan-douglas.com, 13 Jan 2016; Facebook page, 22 Feb 2016)