I have recently posted a blog about my trip to the Olympics, but here I have a photo of me next to the famous Olympic track. I had excellent seats thanks to Adsa and it was a great experience.
Being Welsh, I compete in the Welsh Schools Championships usually held in Brecon, mid Wales, in July. This competition is completely different to English Schools, so I though I’d tell you all about it. It is only held over one day whereas in England it is held over 3 or 4 days. To get into the championships you first have to compete for your school in the county’s and either come first or second there, then you have to compete for your county at regionals and place first there. There is no standard to get into the Welsh championships unlike England. Both of these are bad thing about the Welsh Schools. However in Wales, you can compete in more than one event whereas in England you are only allowed to be in one individual and a relay. I think this is better as for sprinters they normally do the 100 and the 200 and i think they should be able to do this and not have to choose.
Here is a picture of me in the lastest Welsh Schools Championships. I’m in the yellow. From here I went on to represent Wales in the Schools International (SIAB) for the 80m hurdles.
I had a phone call from Asda whilst on holiday telling me they managed to get me tickets to the Olympics for athletics! I couldn’t believe they got them for me, it was so kind of them. Not only that but the day I was going to watch was the 100m hurdle final which involved my role model, Sally Pearson of Australia. I went to the Olympics and was near the finishing line. It was such a good experience, amazing atmosphere. And best of all Sally Pearson won!
After just 3 months of hurdling through the winter season, I entered the Welsh Championships 60m hurdles.
On the Welsh Athletics website I was ‘the one to watch’ so had some pressure on me to win, although never raced in a championship for hurdles before.
It was a straight final and I had one of the middle lanes which I was happy with.
I got into the blocks, focused on the 5 hurdles ahead of me and powered out.
When I crossed the finish line, at first I didnt believe I had won, but I had won my first ever national championships with a new personal best of 9.10 seconds. I couldn’t believe that I had beaten all my competitiors that had been hurdling for years.
By winning the Welsh Championships it opened up many opportunities for me which I will blog about later! I also gained confidence.
It was one of the best days of my life.
Athletics - Sprint
Partnered with:Asda Rhyl
Welsh champion hurdler Runs for Wales