Jodie Williams wins female European Athletics Rising Star award

PUBLISHED: 12:07 05 October 2011 | UPDATED: 11:39 07 October 2011

Jodie Williams

Jodie Williams


JODIE Williams’ 2011 season finished with a flourish when European Athletics announced the young sprinter from Welwyn Garden City as the winner of the female European Athletics Rising Star Award.

The prestigious accolade recognises outstanding young achievers along their journey of development towards senior athletics.

Olympic Games 2012 hopeful Jodie will be presented with the gong at the European Athletics Awards Night in Tenerife on Saturday, October 15.

The UK has a strong track record in this category, with Steph Twell and Jessica Ennis winning in 2008 and 2007 respectively.

The 18-year-old hit the headlines in February when she won the Aviva Indoor UK Trials and Championships women’s 60m in a blistering time dispossessing a strong field.

The result earned the Hertfordshire athlete a place in the Aviva Great Britain and Northern Ireland senior team for the European Athletics Indoor Championship in Paris a month later, and it was only 0.01 of a second denied Williams a bronze medal in the 60m final.

In July, Williams won the 100m and 200m at the European Junior Championships in Estonia – setting a personal best and championship record of 11.18secs in the 100m and a season’s best of 22.94secs in the 200m.

Her medal tally did not end there and a bronze was next in the 4x100m relay.

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