Losing his UK Athletics funding, moving to Birmingham hundreds of miles away from his home in Barrhead, the reality of the situation hit high-jumper David Smith.

The sacrifices the 26-year-old had made over the years became much more apparent for the professional athlete in his pursuit of glory.

Smith began firing out CVs to anyone and everyone. Anything to help him get by and get back on track with his dream.

He said: “I was more aware that I put my life on hold for it.

“When it was all going smoothly and it was plain sailing it was great.

“When it’s not going well you start worrying about money, the things you’re missing out on.

“I’m not home, I’m not seeing my friends or family - there’s a big gap there, and it made the sacrifices I’d made become more apparent.

“I couldn’t get an interview for most things and I found it really difficult to get a job because I had no experience. It was a really tough time.

“It opened my eyes up as I’d never experienced anything like that before.

“I never thought of stopping though.”

Niggling injuries have held him back over the last several competitive seasons, which led to his funding being cut.

Bruised heels, pulled muscles, damaged knees. Nothing major, but enough to put him off his best, and with that the performances tumble.

The lowest in the injury-hit few years was his performance in the last Commonwealth Games in 2014 in Glasgow.

In his home country, he went into the tournament with an injury, and failed to make the cut for the final.

But now the Scottish champion is hoping to make amends Down Under.

He said: “It was a nightmare scenario for me.

“My PB at the time would have got me a bronze medal, it was those fine margins,

“I know you have to turn up and perform on the day but if I was fit I could have got a medal at my home Commonwealth Games.

“I’ve got a lot to change and rewrite when I get to Australia, I feel like I have to make amends for blowing it in Glasgow.”

To help Smith in his path to redemption, he’s had a complete overhaul off the track.

A change in coaches, regular visits to an osteopath and physio, as well as picking up work as a waiter have helped him gain a more balanced lifestyle.

And Smith is aiming high at the Gold Coast in just two months time.

He added: “I’ll be really disappointed if I don’t make the final, and once you’re in the final anything can happen.

“I’ve got a lot more to give, I want to be an Olympian.

“I believe I can do that, I just have to be cautious moving forward and for whatever reason I need to get on top of my injuries.

“We’re taking it slowly now, just going day by day and see how I’m feeling.”