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Newark sprinter Amy Hunt is competing at the Vienna Classics for England's senior squad

By Connor Thompson

An athlete from Newark is hoping to make her mark on the international stage on Saturday as she races over 60m in her England senior squad debut.

Amy Hunt, 16, has travelled to Austria to compete in the Vienna Classic, a competition hosting the up-and-coming and most in-form athletic talents across Europe.

Hunt, who has been preparing for her race with Fernwood-based trainer Paul Farquharson, said she couldn’t believe she was selected for the event.

60m runner Amy Hunt, trains at Spectrum Wellness and Performance, Fernwood. 170119TV6-4.
60m runner Amy Hunt, trains at Spectrum Wellness and Performance, Fernwood. 170119TV6-4.

“I was told I had been selected over the phone and it has been on my mind since,” said Hunt, who earned gold in the 100m at the 2018 National Athletics Championship with a run time of 11-56.

“It’s really exciting. It’s my first senior vest and I feel really proud.

“It’s an amazing opportunity for me to represent my country.”

Hunt ran a new personal best over 60m on January 12 when she clocked in at 7-41, which is less than half a second behind the world record time set by Russian sprinter Irina Privalova, who ran 6-92 in Madrid in 1995.

The 16-year-old said she had previously travelled to Hungary to compete for England at under-18 level, but she believes the senior squad will be a huge step up.

“I really want to run consistently and do what I’ve been achieving here [in England], there,” said Hunt.

“It would be amazing if I could get another personal best, but I can’t expect a personal best every time I run.

“I think it’s going to be great to have that experience of competing in an international competition.

“The whole experience is something that I’m looking forward to, flying over there, having different foods, and then using this experience to help me prepare for the major outdoor competitions.

“I don’t know who else is competing, but I would like to win.”

Hunt said travelling to compete was still something very new to her, and she admitted she still gets nervous the night before the event, but has her own strategies to keep her mind at bay.

“I usually do my stretching and rolling the night before,” she said.

“I try to think about the event because I can’t ignore the fact that I will be competing the next day but, at the same time, I try not to over think everything and make myself worry.

“Reading a book or watching videos is always a way to take my mind off things.”


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