Brighton athlete aiming for the 2024 Olympic Games

PUBLISHED: 16:14 08 March 2016 | UPDATED: 16:14 08 March 2016

Amber Anning winning the Junior Girls 100m Final, Gateshead International Stadium in July 2015

Amber Anning winning the Junior Girls 100m Final, Gateshead International Stadium in July 2015

Gary Mitchell

Fifteen-year-old Amber Anning is a multi-talented athlete from Brighton who hopes to compete in the 2024 Olympics.

A list of records held by athletics sensation Amber Anning would stretch right around a running track and so, regrettably, there’s no room for it here. But the 15-year-old star holds European and UK indoor and outdoor records for distances up to 300 metres and various events including the triple jump, high jump, pentathlon and shot put.

The extremely fast but remarkably modest young woman from Hove captured two national titles last year. Representing Sussex, she was crowned Schools’ Junior Girls 200 metres champion in July and the National Under-17 300 metres champion the following month, breaking 
Dina Asher-Smith’s UK Under-15 record in the process. She also became the first British girl under 15 to run three successive 100 metres inside 13 seconds.

A pupil at Roedean School, Amber first developed an interest in sport when her family moved to Australia 10 years ago. “I have always enjoyed sport and competition and I love training and putting the work in as I want to get better and better. I have also been very lucky to have great coaches,” explained Amber, whose mother was also an exceptional athlete and now works as an administrator at Sussex Athletics.

Both her parents are very supportive as indeed are her friends. “My friends always encourage me and say that they cannot wait to see me on television. Most of them have already asked me for my autograph and plan to reserve seats for the 2024 Olympics!”

Amber, who also plays netball for Sussex, is outstanding at a number of events, but which one does she enjoy the most? “That is definitely a hard one because I pretty much enjoy every event, but at the moment it has to be the 300 metres and triple jump. Three hundred metres is an odd distance but I like it because it is not a full-on sprint but neither can you slowly build up speed. I have to be very controlled and work out my race strategy. I also really enjoy the triple jump because it is so different and very technical and feels amazing when you get it right!”

A member of Brighton and Hove City Athletics Club, Amber will eventually probably have to concentrate on just one discipline. “I think that I will start to focus more on the 400 metres as that will probably be my strongest event. As for my athletic ambitions, my short-term target is to make it onto the GB team and represent my country in the World Youth Championships. My long-term goal is to compete at the 2024 Olympics over 400m and win a medal… preferably gold!” 


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