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Sale Harrier Amy Williams looks ahead to Sainsbury’s UK School Games
12:29pm Sunday 1st September 2013 in Sport
SALE HARRIER Amy Williams is determined to prove she was right to turn her back on the long jump at the Sainsbury’s UK School Games.
The 15-year-old is set to strut her stuff at her first-ever School Games – a multi-sport event that will see more than 1,600 athletes compete across 12 sports – when she takes to Don Valley Stadium.
But if you had asked Williams what event she would be competing in as late as earlier this year then she probably would have replied with ‘long jump’ having won last year’s English Schools in that discipline.
However this season has seen the teenager switch to the triple jump and with great results as she returned to the English Schools and finished top of the pile in the intermediate girls’ triple jump with a championship record wind-assisted jump of 12.22m.
Williams’ jump was also just 2cm shy of the all-time UK Under-17 best, and the teenager is eager to prove her future lies in the triple jump even further when she arrives in Sheffield.
“I am really excited about the School Games and I’m looking forward to getting the opportunity to compete against the top people in the sport again,” she said.
“English Schools was probably the best competition to date as it was neck and neck with another girl as she jumped over 12 metres on her final jump and broke the record but I managed to beat her by three centimetres, got the record and won the competition.
“I started the season as a long jumper but my performance in that didn’t go to plan so I changed to triple jump.
“At the start it was difficult but my coach always said that I would make a good triple jumper so I just stuck with it.
“The standard of triple jumping in the UK isn’t fantastic as the UK record is 12.26m but the qualifying jump to get to the World Youth Championship’s is 12.70m and my aim is to break Morgan Lake’s record during my season next year.”
Williams will be representing the North West at the School Games as she gets her first taste of a multi-sport event as the best athletes from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland battle it out.
And the Keith Hunter-coached athlete admits she can’t wait to experience it all as she bids to get an understanding of what she can hopefully expect later in life.
“I am really excited about the opening ceremony as it’s like we are competing in a mini Olympics and gives you a glimpse into what it would actually be like to compete as a professional athlete,” she added.
“Now I am getting used to competing in big competitions but because the Games fall at the end of the season I am quite nervous about how well I will perform as everyone is winding down.
“But everyone will be in the same position so I am just looking forward to meeting the other athletes.”
The Sainsbury's 2013 School Games, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, takes place in Sheffield from 12-15 September 2013. Visit www.2013schoolgames.com for more information.