Mair Edwards

Athletics - 200m

Mair is the English Schools Champion, England Champion and Ran for GB Juniors in the 4x400 at Manchester International and won silver

What are your targets for 2017 and beyond?

I’m really looking forward to seeing what times I am going to run this year as I feel my winter training has gone very well and a new PB is long overdue! My main target this year is to run under 24 seconds, which I think is possible.

How did you get in to your sport and how were you introduced?

One of my friends started doing athletics, so we went down one night to see what it was like- I wasn’t keen at first but the more I went the more I started to enjoy the sport, and now I love it.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your sport? How did you overcome it?

I’ve been lucky so far, as I’ve not had to overcome any major disappointments or injuries, apart from a hamstring injury a few days before the English Schools Championships so I didn’t know if I would be able to compete – luckily I managed to, and won. I find dealing with nerves before races quite challenging which is something I need to overcome.

What is your favourite sporting moment, either as a participant of spectator and why?

Watching Kendra Harrison break the 100m world record at the London Diamond league meeting was amazing- the atmosphere was incredible!

What are your top tips for aspiring athletes?

Keep trying until you find your strengths.

Don’t ever assume you will win – it’s dangerous to be complacent.

Who has most influenced your success and how have they done so?

My coach because he helps me train as hard as I can and improve my technique. He’s also great at making me feel better after a bad race.

How has the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme helped you with your sport?

It’s a great help with buying kit and will help my parents with the travelling expenses to competitions.

Which 3 words best describe you?

Determined, Organised and Friendly.

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