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Jodie Williams
Sprint sensation Williams noted for huge potential

4 June 2009

Young sprinter Jodie Williams insists she has plenty left in the tank ahead of the World Youth Championships despite setting the second fastest 200m time by a British athlete this year. 

The 15-year-old ran 23.25 seconds at the Bedford International Games on Sunday – a time bettered only by Olympic and World champion Christine Ohuruogu this year.

But Williams – who was handpicked as part of the UKA Heroes Project, sponsored by Original Source – believes her best is yet to come this summer.

She said: “The Bedford race was only my second of the summer season and I am always looking for quicker times wherever I go especially with the World Youths coming up.

 “Running the qualifying time means I have just got to stay in the top two in the country – the pressure is off a little bit I have just got to keep maintaining my speed.

“I have never competed abroad before so hopefully it will be my first time doing so.  The training group at Lea Valley is a great environment to be in because all the top female athletes are there.

 “I feel honoured to be part of it and it is really good because it brings guys with similar aspirations together and it is great to meet them and get to know them as well.”

Jade Ive
Ive gained a GB&NI vest last summer at World Junior Championships

Also raring to make her mark on the world stage is Epsom pole voter Jade Ive who won Commonwealth Youth Games gold in 2008.

But the 17-year-old is confident she is in even better shape than last year and is ready to better her personal best of 4.05m.

“I already feel I’ve progressed and I should be ready for competition in the middle of June,” she said.

“I’m also a lot stronger than I was this time last year and that will help me once I return to competition.

“It’s my last year as a junior and I would love to go to the World Youths in Italy – that’s my aim but maybe I’ll go for the European under-20s as well.”

Hoping to join the pair in Italy is javelin star Izzy Jeffs but she will have to go through the pain barrier to get there.

The 17-year-old has been plagued by a lower back problem but still believes she is capable of matching her personal best throw of 48.90m to book her place on the team.

She said: “The injury is a huge worry but there’s not much I can do at this stage.

 “It’s still quite painful but I’d rather do it in pain than not do it all.”

The trio are among 15 athletes unveiled at the Bedford international Games on Sunday that would be joining the Heroes Project after being handpicked by UKA’s Performance team after demonstrating considerable ‘potential’.

Izzy Jeffs
Jeffs tipped for success at a young age