Bernice Wilson vows to fight her doping suspension

Bernice Wilson.
Bernice Wilson.

WYBERTON’S Team GB sprinter Bernice Wilson has promised to fight her athletics suspension.

The 27-year-old was handed a provisional suspension from all competitions on Friday, after UK Athletics announced she had been being charged with committing anti-doping violations.

“Bernice is fighting it,” a source close to the Lincolnshire Athletics Academy, where Wilson trains, told The Standard.

“She will go to a full hearing, where she wants to prove her innocence.

“She is in a bad place right now. This has ruined her season.”

Olympic hopeful Wilson was set to compete in the UK Trials and National Championships this weekend, at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium, knowing a place at this year’s World Championships in South Korea was up for grabs.

However, any dreams of booking her place on the plane to South Korea have now been halted.

Wilson was found to have anabolic steroid testosterone and clenbuterol in her system, following testing at an event in Bedford on June 12.

The UKA statement read: “Bernice Wilson has been provisionally suspended from all competition after being charged with having committed anti-doping violations.

“The provisional suspension, which came into effect on July 9, 2011, is a result of a sample which was collected from the athlete in-competition at Bedford International Games on June 12.”

Wilson finished second in the Bedford event.

She was also due to compete there on Saturday, defending her English National Championship 100m and 200m titles.

Testosterone can be a performance-enhancing drug while clenbuterol is regularly used as a slimming aid and can also be used to treat asthma.

Wilson represented Great Britain in March’s European Indoor Championships in Paris, where she reached the semi-finals.

She trains at Boston’s Princess Royal Sports Arena, a member of Dr George Skafidas’ Lincolnshire Athletics Academy.

Wilson will request a full UKA hearing, where she can fight the charges.

However, if she fails to prove her innocence she could face a ban from athletics of up to two years.

Wilson currently works as a sport development officer for East Lindsey District Council.

An ELDC statement read: “East Lindsey District Council is aware of the investigation. The council takes this very seriously and will be disussing this fully with Bernice.

“It would be inappropriate to discuss individual staffing issues with third parties.”

Wilson, who is supported by the Lincolnshire Sports Partnership as an elite athlete, has been advised not to discuss the issue.