Hi I’m Ellie, I’m 16 years old and I’m a sprinter at Gloucester Athletic Club. I only started athletics 3 years ago, in 2016, but I have a love for the sport just like any other athlete who has been competing for 8+ years.
I decided to start training for athletics in 2016 when my favourite PE teacher at school suggested that I join a club after seeing me run the 100m on sports day. My first session at Gloucester I knew that athletics was something I wanted to pursue and I loved the environment and the people involved. In 2017, after only training seriously for 8 months, I qualified for the South West Schools’ Championships, receiving two gold medals in the 100m and 200m. I then qualified for the English Schools’ National Championships where I competed in the 100m. Unfortunately I injured my calf during my race and finished in 5th, not qualifying for the semi-final.
In 2018, I moved up an age group to U17 and again qualified for the South West Championships receiving a bronze medal in the 100m and a gold medal in the 200m. This meant that I had qualified for the English Schools’ Championships again but this time in 200m, which is my preferred event.
I trained hard through the winter as I wanted more from Nationals than in 2017, and managed to come away from English Schools ranked 6th in the UK for the 200m. I was also ranked 15th in the UK for the 100m and this was a great achievement for me as it is my weaker event. In 2019 I hope to earn my first England vest and compete in the junior international. I’m currently balancing revising for my GCSE’s and training 5 times a week which can be difficult but training and revising hard is definitely paying off. Once my GCSE’s are over I look forward to putting all my focus into training and competing hard.
In the future I aim to earn a GB vest and compete at a European/ World standard, with the main goal of course being the Olympics.
I’m very grateful for the support from CASS and Friends and I’m very excited to see what the future holds.