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Hunting for GB glory on the track

By Warwick Lane

A 15-year-old sprinter has been identified as a future Olympic athlete after being invited to join a national relay programme.

Amy Hunt, of Newark, was rewarded for excellent form over the past year, where she competed against athletes up to five years older than her.

She has been selected for the 2018 Futures Sprint Relay (4x100) Programme, which aims to help under-20 athletes with the necessary skills and abilities to progress into the World Class Performance Programme.

It supports athletes who have shown the potential to be part of a relay team and be capable of winning individual medals at future Olympic Games.

The first camp was held at the weekend. Amy took part in workshops and training sessions, and met her fellow relay team members.

Throughout the year there will be a series of workshops, experiences and competitions to give her the chance to develop her skills.

Amy said she was delighted to have been selected for the squad, sayng the call-up had come out of the blue.

“It came as quite a shock,” she said. “I was not expecting to be called up this year, or even for another couple of years.

“I am over the moon. It is early in my development so it is a fantastic experience to be on the programme with other amazing girls.

“The first session was informative and I got to meet the coaches, who were enthusiastic.

“It should all help me with my general technique.”

'I am happy with my indoor season'

Amy has finished her indoor season, competing over 60m and in the under-20 category for the first time.

Her last performance came at Sportcity, Manchester, at the Sale Harriers Open Series, where she finished third in the final in 7.46secs, just 0.03secs off her personal best.

Amy said she was pleased with her progress and is hoping to move on to bigger things over the coming year.

“I am happy with my indoor season and I was close to my personal best in the last race,” she said.

“I did not take part in as many races as I would have done in previous years because I had a heavy workload over the winter period, working on my strength.

“It was different competing with the under-20s. It was a lot more professional and focused. I enjoyed it and I did well in that environment.

“There is nothing guaranteed, but I would like to get an international call-up this year.

“There are European and world junior championships, so they are the aim.”


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