Athlete Profile: India – Athletics07 Feb 2018
In the first of a regular feature profiling Barnard Castle Schools emerging sporting talent, we look at India. She has been training and competing in Track and Field, at 100m & 200m, for some 3 years now. She is a Para Athlete competing in the T35 category and has competed all over the country representing her club, Darlington Harriers, at both local and National competitions. India is coached by Mr Woodward at school and Helen Bowles and Tom Andrews at Darlington Harriers and she trains up to 5 times per week.
Additionally, India’s’ talent has been recognised both locally and nationally; India trains once per week at Teesside University on the Future Champions Programme, where she is one of a small group of athletes who have been recognised as having the potential to progress. Additionally, India has been selected, as one of only 21 athletes, to join the British Athletics Parallel Success Academy. This academy aims to provide development opportunities and support to those athletes who have shown the potential to represent Great Britain at International Level including the Paralympics.
India’s ability and commitment has been rewarded with her selection to represent Team England at the Cerebral Palsy World Games in Spain in August 2018.
India: My academics within the school will always come first for me so when it comes to training the majority of my homework has to be done before training. My aspirations for the future are to get stronger and faster as well as running internationally. I hope to get to the Paralympics in the future.
Parents: – India has been encouraged to be involved in Sport since her early days in Barnard Castle Prep School. She enjoys all sports and has represented the school in Hockey, Netball, Rounders and Athletics. We are all grateful to the staff at Barnard Castle School for their motivation, their enthusiasm and their support of India. Without this India wouldn’t be achieving what she is today.