St Swithun’s athlete to join elite development programme

Hurdler, Maddie Turner, has been selected for a place on the Athletics Academy in Sporting Excellence programme

Maddie Turner, currently studying for her A levels at St Swithun’s, has been selected for a place on the Athletics Academy in Sporting Excellence programme.

The programme is part of the British Athletics Performance Pathway for young athletes aged 16-18, offering them the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required to become a senior international athlete.

Turner, who has traditionally competed in the 300m hurdles, is now starting to race over 400m hurdles as part of her learning.


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‘I cannot wait for my first regional camp,” said Turner. “I am really excited to begin the workshops and look forward to seeing how much I can improve over the next two years.”

The 17-year-old was invited to apply for the course after placing 13th in the country for her event in national rankings. The academy will grant her access to a nutritionist, psychologist and mentor, as well as providing workshops on such topics as clean athletics and career planning. At the end of the two years, she will have earned a sporting excellence diploma.