Under-17 athlete, Etienne Maughan is beginning to make heads turn in the world of junior athletics, and her stock has been improved with an impressive double gold at the British Schools International match.
The Bedford Girls’ School student has already had a stellar season with silver medals already in the trophy cabinet after the School Games in Loughborough.
However, golds in the Under-17 80m hurdles and the 4x100m relay at the British Schools International match at the end of September has catapulted her season to another level.
Her time of 11.04 in the 80m hurdles is the second fastest in the UK this year for her age group and 7th on the all-time rankings.
At a whole four tenths faster than the silver medalist, Maughan really stamped her authority on the event with a sizable winning margin, with onlookers impressed by her speed.
After the race, Maughan reflected on another impressive performance:
“I was extremely happy to end my season with my first ever win in an international competition. The Schools International provided me with great experience to take into the Under-20 age group.”
“Going into the race, I was set on winning, especially after coming so close in the School Games; I was delighted to put together my best hurdles race when it mattered most.”
“I am grateful for the opportunities my hard work has provided me with this year and I aim to continue this into next season.”
Bedford Girls’ School PE teacher, Mrs Milton said, “We are super proud of this recent success for Etienne. Training for athletics is not easy and requires a great deal of perseverance.”
“Races don’t always go the way you want, but on this occasion it did. Hard work, dedication and focus paid off. Many congratulations to Etienne.”