Alicia Barrett has set her sights on European Junior Championships success in 2017 after breaking her personal best three times at the World Junior Championships last month.
The Derbyshire Institute of Sport (DIS) athlete, from Chesterfield (pictured right), ran the second quickest time by a junior in a Great Britain vest over 100m hurdles with 13.15secs to finish sixth in the final, held in Bydgoszcz in Poland.
The 18-year-old Chesterfield and District AC member had earlier knocked down her PB to 13.35 and then 13.34 to underline her improvement during 2016.
A former Derbyshire Schools’ Sport Association Awards Sportsperson of the Year winner , Alicia is coached by Toni Minichiello, who also coaches Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill.
“I’ was very pleased with how things went in Poland,” she said. “I didn’t really expect to run that quick, so I’m still kinda shocked.”
“The best thing about the meeting was achieving my goal of running in the final, and running a time I really didn’t expect.
“To move to second on the all-time junior list really made the experience, but the team atmosphere also was great.
“To do well definitely gives me motivation. I have a lot of things I need to tidy up on so hopefully over the winter I can do this and improve.
“The Commonwealth Games is definitely a future goal, but I’m still a junior next year so I would like to go to the European Junior Championships.”
Alicia has been thankful for the support of DIS over the past few months, who have provided vital assistance on a couple of occasions.
Like all athletes on the programme, she has also had access to expert coaching, bespoke strength and conditioning programmes and nutritional and lifestyle advice.
She added: “The biggest help is definitely the rehab I received after spraining my ankle in February, which was such a massive help and enabled me to get back training.
“DIS also paid for my warm weather training in April, which was really important for my training programme after coming back from injury.”