A ST NEOTS woman is hoping to be running for Team GB and aims to compete at the European Junior Championships later this year. Suzi Boast, 18, has been running since the end of primary school when she was 10-years-old. She competes in medium-distance even
A ST NEOTS woman is hoping to be running for Team GB and aims to compete at the European Junior Championships later this year.
Suzi Boast, 18, has been running since the end of primary school when she was 10-years-old. She competes in medium-distance events, running between 800 and 1,500 metres.
"I would like to make Team GB this year as that's my main aspiration, to compete in the Olympics," said Boast.
"It's definitely not unachievable but it all depends on how it goes and if everything goes well. My aim for the winter is to come out fit and ready for the summer and I would love to be in the World Cross County Team. Hopefully I'll be competing in the European Junior Championships this summer if things go to plan.
"We have lots of races coming up now and I'll be doing a lot for my club and county. I have to do trials for Team GB and I'll be aiming to get a personal best all round."
Boast got her first England vest last year competing in the cross country at the Lotto Cup in Belgium in October.
Boast is currently at St Mary's University College in Twickenham, where she is studying for a degree in Sports Science and Sociology.
She is being trained by UK Athletics Endurance Performance Coach Mick Woods.
"I train with people here in Twickenham and having a coach here is really convenient. The set up here is really good for athletes and I live in a house of athletes at the moment so there isn't much chocolate lying around.
"When I come home to St Neots I train with my father who coached me before I went to university."
Boast was training with other female British runners at an event hosted by Olympic double-gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes on December 22. She was at the 'On Camp with Kelly' mentoring initiative, supported by Avivia. The event helps the next generation of British middle distance athletes to achieve their potential.
The meeting took place at Tonbridge School in Kent, the hometown of Holmes. It allowed the runners to catch up with Holmes and go over plans for 2009 with her. They carried out a training session, took part in media training and attended physio and massage appointments.
They also took part in a medical workshop with UK Athletics Medical Director Dr Paul Dijkstra, who was part of Holmes's support team during her career.
"I've been involved with the camp since 2007 after being selected in 2006. Kelly [Holmes] comes and teaches us how to cope with the ups and downs of being an athlete and how she made it. There were lots of girls at the camp and it's good to meet up with people who have the same aspirations as you."
Holmes has acted as a mentor for Boast since she started the camps, and Boast is able to keep in contact with her and call for advice when she cannot attend the camps.
Holmes, who won Gold in the 800 metre and 1,500 metre races in Athens, was glad to see the rising star and has high hopes for Boast in 2009.
"I was very pleased to invite Suzi [Boast] to the get-together. It is very important for me to catch up with her in person on a regular basis to see how things are going.