Thompson's tips for sprint star Jodie

PUBLISHED: 17:50 06 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:39 26 October 2009

Photo: Tony Oudot/Richard Lane Photography. 
Sainsburys' Futures Seminar. Lee Valley. 30/04/2008. 
Daley Thompson with Jodie Williams of Herts Pheonix AC.

Photo: Tony Oudot/Richard Lane Photography. Sainsburys' Futures Seminar. Lee Valley. 30/04/2008. Daley Thompson with Jodie Williams of Herts Pheonix AC.

Richard Lane Photography

OLYMPIC Games legend Daley Thompson gave a masterclass in hard work to WGC sprint sensation Jodie Williams. The 14-year-old Queenswood School pupil was one of 10 of the region s best young athletes, aged from 13 to 15, selected for the training session at

Jodie Williams running for Herts

OLYMPIC Games legend Daley Thompson gave a masterclass in hard work to WGC sprint sensation Jodie Williams.

The 14-year-old Queenswood School pupil was one of 10 of the region's best young athletes, aged from 13 to 15, selected for the training session at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre, Picketts Lock, last Wednesday.

Herts Phoenix club member Jodie, the best Under-15 female sprinter in the country, and the other youngsters received advice and expert coaching from the two-time Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete as part of the Sainsbury's Futures Seminar.

After putting the teenagers through their paces, Thompson was impressed with Jodie's ability.

He said: "I am keen for them to understand that talent alone will only get you so far in athletics.

"If you want to be the best you will need to work extremely hard and never give up in chasing your goal.

"There is no doubt that Jodie has the talent to do that, but what I'm trying to do today is give them an insight into what they need to do to take it to the next level."

Sale Harriers hurdler Andy Turner was also on hand to give out advice.

He took a break from working hard to make a speedy comeback from injury in time for this summer's Beijing Games.

Turner said: "I'm very privileged and humbled to be able to share the knowledge and experiences I have had over the years with these young talented athletes.

"I remember when I attended similar seminars led by Roger Black and Linford Christie, it was a big thing for me.

"Hopefully, through my involvement in today's Sainsbury's Futures seminar, I can have the same reaction with these kids.

"It would be great to know that I have helped inspire some so in the future we see more and more UK athletes at the top end of world athletics."

The group learnt about aspects of the psychology of sport, lifestyle and nutrition.

Of the session, WGC girl Jodie said: "It was really good to meet Daley and learn some good training tips from him.

"The day was really fun and has given me a lot of information to take on board."

She added: "Learning how to make your own smoothies was fun and I will now make my own!"

Jodie is the current national U15 60m indoors champion and ranked number one outdoors over 100m and 200m.


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