Hi, my name is Rob Worman. I am 16 years old and am currently a sprinter for Cheltenham and County Harriers where I have been competing across a range of events since 2013.
My sporting career first started when I was 8. I began taking part in gymnastics and competed until I was 13 at county level. Training was gruelling as I did around 15 hours per week at such a young age but I loved the sport and was willing to put in the work to achieve my full potential. However I could not continue my gymnastics career as it became apparent I was too tall to be a gymnast making many of the elements difficult for me to perform and making me prone to injury. By this point I began to consider the possibilities of competing in athletics which was clearly much more suited to my height.
I began to train for hurdles after stepping in to help out at a club match in the Youth Development League as my brother was already competing with the Cheltenham and County Harriers. After coming 2nd at this competition with no training I decided that athletics was a sport I would like to take part in due to the friendly atmosphere and having more natural talent in the sport.
Once I quit gymnastics in 2013 I also took up pole vault and started training in all ten events for decathlon. By 2015 I had significantly improved my personal bests and qualified for the national final at the English Schools Championships for pole vault, where I came 5th with a new best of 3.35 metres, and also pentathlon but was unable to compete in the final due to injury. I also went on to come second at the England Championships for pole vault clearing 3.40 metres, another personal best, and come second in the England Championships for under 15 Octathlon. I also came 3rd at the England Championships for under 17 Decathlon last year, giving me rankings of 3rd in UK and 1st in England.
Over the last few years I have qualified for national championships in events from hurdles to discus to pole vault (clearing 4m) to combined events. However, this year I have decided to focus on sprint events, specifically 100m and 200m, as I am aiming to make it to the European Youth Championships and earn my first kit for Great Britain and represent my country internationally.
As well as training 4 times a week for a total of around 10 hours I also study Maths, Physics, Biology and Physical Education for A-level. I also work in the evenings and weekends to help pay for my athletics. I hope ‘CASS & Friends’ is able to support me to help me succeed in my sport.