Finding the balance between study and sport

Finding the balance between study and sport

Written by Hattie, Year 13

As an energetic seven year old I always relished the opportunity to participate in Sports lessons.

I particularly enjoyed the summer sports season as I found that I was at home on the track and was advised by my PE teacher at the time, to join a local Athletics club. I excelled at all running disciplines and found that I was winning medals in most competitions. At the age of 14 I was invited to a taster lesson with a Pole Vault coach and found my ability to combine sprint and natural strength a winning recipe for success. From this first lesson, I knew that I wanted to develop these new skills and I went on to train at National level. Last year I was selected for the British Pathways programme, which selects talented athletes from around the country and trains them to reach International level. This weekend I will be training at a camp in Loughborough where we will be focusing upon nutrition and psychology. I am also delighted to be training with ex Olympians. Sport is central to my life but I have had to learn how to balance my academic work with my tough training schedule. Over the years, this has been quite difficult and testing but I truly believe that Sport has given me a huge sense of well-being and I am looking forward to compete at this high level at university