West Norfolk athletes selected for British Athletics Youth Talent Programme
Talented West Norfolk athletes Alfie Williams and Kate Willis have been selected to attend the British Athletics Youth Talent Programme.
The programme has been designed to meet the needs of identified English athletes between the ages of 16 and 18 who have shown the potential to develop into senior international athletes.
Williams, who competes for West Norfolk AC and is coached by Stuart Carlaw, and Willis, who competes for City of Norwich AC and is coached by David Pring, were selected following an extremely successful track and field season in 2019.
Selection was based on their UK rankings and standout performances during the summer season.
As an under-17 boy, Williams began the year winning the county and regional indoor shot put titles and then went on to win a national bronze medal indoors at Sheffield in February.
In May, he was crowned outdoor county and schools’ county champion and then went to the England Schools Champs in Birmingham as part of the Norfolk Team and won bronze.
He was then selected for his first England International and won silver at Youth Nations Cup in Dublin, finishing the season as UK ranked seventh
After a successful 2019 cross country season, Willis, as an under-17 girl, won the Norfolk schools’ county 800m title.
She followed this by winning her heat and finishing fifth in the final at the English Schools championships.
Willis added to her success by becoming the South of England Athletics 800m champion and winning a British Milers club 800m Grand Prix at Loughborough.
Her time of 2.12.74 put her amongst the best in her age group in the country.
Both were selected for the programme on the basis of these performances and are now attending monthly session in Loughborough where they are benefiting from a programme of performance support, which covers technical coaching in practical sessions, nutrition, psychology, physiotherapy and support in balancing elite level sport with school or college.
Only a small number of athletes across all disciplines have been selected to participate in this programme, which provides the pathway to becoming a full senior international athlete.
The pair have excelled in obtaining selection and are now determined to use this opportunity to develop further as athletes.
Both will move up into the under-20 age group next season and therefore they will be junior athletes within their respective disciplines however will be aiming for future international success.
Williams is hoping to build upon his selection for the Youth Cup and earn a spot at the European Youth championships in July 2020.
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