TROWBRIDGE international high jumper Tom Gale opened his indoor campaign this week with a mini tour of Europe.

Fresh from a recent training camp in Tenerife Gale flew out to Germany on Tuesday to prepare for his opening meeting of 2018 in Cologne on Wednesday.

He then moves to the Czech Republic today for the prestigious meeting in Hustopec followed by a third competition in Trinec , also in the Czech Republic, next Tuesday.

“All three meetings are high jumps to music so are great fun with a great atmosphere,” said Gale.

“I did Hustopec last year and won the B event so hopefully this year I will be in the A event. It is a great international event with some of the world’s best high jumpers so I am really looking forward to it.”

Gale reports training went really well in Tenerife, the second time he has been to the Canary Islands in two months.

“I have been lifting personal bests in the weight room so that has given me a lot of confidence going into these competitions,” added Gale.

“I know I am lot stronger than at this time last year so hopefully that will come through in my competitions.”

After a stunning year in 2017, the highlights of which were a bronze medal at the European Junior Championships, winning the England senior title with a lifetime best of 2.30m and finally an invite to the Diamond League final in Zurich, Gale knows it will be hard to repeat those feats in the next 12 months.

But still only 19 he is not putting any limits on what he can achieve and with a trip already secured to Brisbane for his senior championship debut representing England in the Commonwealth Games the bar is already being raised again.

“When I come back from those three events in European I will then do the British Indoor Championships,” added Gale.

“Then if I do well and can jump 2.33m I may have a chance of going to the World Indoors. That is very high (Gale’s personal best is 2.30m) but I am confident I can do that.

“I would love to qualify for the World Indoors but it is not something I am particularly aiming for with the Commonwealth Games coming up early in the year.

“I’ll see what I can do but I know there is a lot left to give and improve upon so fingers crossed I can keep doing that.”