Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa next for Hannah Williams

Hannah Williams at World Youth Championships

Hannah Williams at World Youth Championships

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Hannah Williams has the taste for the international athletics stage.

Hannah Williams on track at IAAF World Youth ChampionshipsHannah Williams on track at IAAF World Youth Championships

The Welwyn Garden City 17-year-old made her GB debut last month at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Columbia finishing sixth in the 400m final and will soon jet off to Samoa for the Commonwealth Youth Games.

The Welwyn Hatfield Times caught up with the Herts Phoenix athlete, and Queenswood School pupil, to find out more about her debut.

Williams said: “Cali was absolutely amazing. I started off feeling really nervous as I had no idea what to expect, however the team bonded with each other so well and we were all supportive of each other which really helped.

“It was an incredible experience; being in a team environment, competing in a massive stadium and representing Great Britain, I will remember this trip forever.

“Cali itself was also an amazing city with so many friendly people, and I loved every minute of it.”

Williams, whose older sister Jodie is also an athlete and will represent GB at the senior IAAF World Championships in China later this month, said: “The thing that surprised me the most was after your race was finished and you walked into the stadium people would ask you for pictures and signatures, I was so surprised I said to one person ‘me? are you sure?’”

Williams, who is on the Herts Talented Athlete Programme, set personal bests in the heat and semi-final on her way to the final.

“I knew I just had to give it my all, so that’s what I did and came out with another PB [53.24secs] and sixth place in the final which I was over the moon about.”

Having now sampled her first international competition, she does not have long to wait for her next.

The youngster is in the England squad for the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa next month.

Her World Youth Championship trip will stand her in good stead for the next challenge.

“Going to World Youths has given me great preparation for Samoa, as now I know what to expect and will know most of the team as quite a few people from world youths will be competing there,” she added.

“I am aiming to reach the final, as anything can happen from there.

“I think my experiences from this summer will set me up for the future and for any other major championships.”


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