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2019 Louise Evans
Louise Evans

Sport

Athletics

Achievements to date

  • 2019 - National silver medalist
  • 2019 - Selected to represent Great Britain in the 4X400m
  • 2019 - South of England 400m champion
  • 2018 - European club cup 400m silver medalist
  • 2018 - South of England 400m champion

I have recently finished my final year of sixth form at Sandwich technology school. I started athletics at the age of 14 where I began competing over the 100m and 200m. After attending a school athletics competition I was encouraged by a friend to attend a few training sessions at the local athletics track, and since then I’ve never looked back.

Two years ago I decided to specialise in the 400m in this event has brought me many exciting opportunities allowing me to compete both nationally and internationally. In April 2019 I attended a warm weather training camp in the USA with my coach Linford Christie, this camp was an amazing experience and allowed me to train in a warmer climate at a higher intensity, which lead to my first Great Britain selection. I’m very grateful for the support I receive from my parents and coaches, and others who help and support, without their support I would struggle massively.

The 400m is a gruelling event, I train 5-6 days a week, a mixture of weights and track sessions. During the week I train at the Canterbury academy, and on Saturday’s if I’m not competing I commute to Brunel University early in the morning to train. In September I’m hoping to attend the university to study sport and exercise science, here I can study and train under the guidance of my coach full time.

So far this season has been amazing, and I’m excited for what the rest of it has in store.

Most memorable sporting achievement to date

Getting my first national medal, with a massive PB and European U20 championships qualifying time.

Biggest sporting disappointment to date

English schools in 2016, where I didn’t make the final. But one week later ran a time at inter-counties which would have placed 2nd in the final.

Most respected sportsperson

Allyson Felix – 200/400m sprinter.

Ritual before sporting competition

I close my eyes and visualise my race plan.

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