Amelia Reynolds, 16, from Caldicot started running when she was eight years old after being persuaded by a friend to try the sport. Just eight years on, she is ranked number 1 in the UK in her age group for the 200 metres and has picked up two gold medals for the Under 17 60 metre and 200 metre events at the Welsh Indoor Championships, making her the Welsh Under 17 champion in both distances.
Amelia, who joined Christ College two years ago and juggles her studies with her training schedule, has also recently returned from representing Wales in the Vienna Indoor Classic Competition. She competed as a member of the senior team for the first time and came 12th overall in the 200 metres, despite going up against some of the best athletes across the UK and Europe. She also achieved a personal best.
“Vienna was an amazing experience,” said Amelia. “Everywhere I looked I saw stars of the track that I’ve seen on TV for years, like European and World medallist Jenny Meadows. I couldn’t believe I was actually there and competing with these athletes who I’ve admired for so long.
“I want to say thank you to Christ College for all the help the school has given me. They whole-heartedly support me in my running ambitions and have designed my lesson timetable around my training and competitions. The flexibility has meant I have plenty of time to study and revise without missing out on opportunities to further my running too.”
Emma Taylor, Head at Christ College in Brecon, said: “We’re extremely proud of Amelia. She works so hard, both on and off the track, and she really deserves these accolades. Everyone at the school follows her progress and we are delighted that she’s been ranked number one and has collected two more gold medals since the start of this year alone. She’s got a bright future ahead of her, both academically and on the track.”
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