Phoenix sprinter Williams meets Team GB star Rooney

PUBLISHED: 18:36 04 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:24 26 October 2009

Photo: Richard Lee/Richard Lane Photography.
Aviva British Grand Prix at Gateshead. 31/08/2008. 
Spar Sprints Initiative, 400m runner Martyn Rooney (right) with Jodie Williams.

Photo: Richard Lee/Richard Lane Photography. Aviva British Grand Prix at Gateshead. 31/08/2008. Spar Sprints Initiative, 400m runner Martyn Rooney (right) with Jodie Williams.

Richard Lane Photography

WGC teen sprint sensation Jodie Williams met Team GB Olympic 400m runner Martyn Rooney at the Aviva British Grand Prix in Gateshead. The 14-year-old Herts Phoenix athlete came face to face with the Olympian as part of the SPAR Stars Parade at the Gateshea

WGC teen sprint sensation Jodie Williams met Team GB Olympic 400m runner Martyn Rooney at the Aviva British Grand Prix in Gateshead.

The 14-year-old Herts Phoenix athlete came face to face with the Olympian as part of the SPAR Stars Parade at the Gateshead International Stadium.

Rooney was fresh from competing well in the Bird's Nest Stadium at the Beijing Games last month.

He made the final of the individual 400m where he crossed the finishing line in sixth place.

As part of the 4x400m relay team, Rooney and his GB colleagues came just outside the medal positions in fourth.

Queenswood schoolgirl Williams met Rooney after being selected as one of the top two female sprinters from one of the 12 regional SPAR Sprints Centres across the UK.

Along with 10 other sprint stars, Jodie had the opportunity to meet Rooney and quiz him during a 20-minute question and answer session.

The group then took part in a behind the scenes tour and were paraded in front of the main stand in Gateshead before the athletics got under way.

Williams was delighted to have been involved in the day.

She said: "The day was a great opportunity to meet Martyn Rooney and the parade was fun."

Three SPAR Sprint races took place before the main competition.

These provided a fantastic opportunity for the country's U20 sprinters who are progressing through the UK Athletics development programme.

They experienced racing in an elite environment in front of a big crowd before the world's best took centre stage.

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