AS level student Edmond Amaning, who trains as a sprinter as well as studying, has his hopes set on future Olympics. A student who also trains as an athlete alongside a Team GB hopeful has got his heart set on becoming a future Olympiad himself.Sprinter Edmond Amaning (18), who is taking AS levels in Business, Law and IT, is part
A student who also trains as an athlete alongside a Team GB hopeful has got his heart set on becoming a future Olympiad himself.
Sprinter Edmond Amaning (18), who is taking AS levels in Business, Law and IT, is part of the training group Trackspeed 1, based at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, which has raised Olympic and Commonwealth medalists including Phillips Idowu and Chris Lambert.
Edmond, who has won a series of national and international junior competitions, trains in the 200m with James Ellington who is due to try out for Britain 2012 Olympic team. Team mates also include David Bolarinwa, last year’s European Junior Championships 200m gold winner.
Edmond and the other members of Trackspeed 1 are currently training out in Orlando, Florida, for a month at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, where they have been since 1 April.
During the Florida trip, Edmond will take part in three meets as well as working towards trials for the IAFF World Junior Championships held in July in Barcelona.
Edmond trains five days a week at Crystal Palace and Brunel University as well as studying for his AS levels at Uxbridge College. If training takes him away from his studies, he catches up in his own time.
Edmond said: “I was approached by the Trackspeed 1 coach, John Powell, in early 2011 based on my competition performances, and although I have had some time out for injury I have been part of the group since then.
“My studies are important to me too, if I miss anything through training I make sure I catch up. In Florida I will be studying in the afternoons when training is over.
“It was a great experience to go to Florida last year, even though I was injured and had to sit out for part of it, and I am excited about going again in April.
“It can be tiring with all the travelling and I can’t always go out with my friends because I will be training the next day – but it is worth it. It comes naturally to want to work hard because I enjoy running.
“I hope to be in the Olympics in the future – it’s possible – anything’s possible.”
Watford Open, second 100m (15 June).
Aviva U20/U23 Championships, fifth 200m (26 June).
Middlesex County Championships, second 200m (8 May).
Southern Counties Championships, first 200m (30 May).
London Schools Championships, first 200m (12 June).
Aviva English Schools Championships, first 200m (9 July).
Aviva Schools International, first 4x100m relay, third 200m (17 July).
Sainsbury’s UK Schools Games, second 200m, first 4x100m relay (4 September).
London Schools Championships, first 400m (13 June).
Sainsbury’s UK Schools Games, England – London squad, second 4x400m relay.
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