Sheffield heptathlete and Jess Ennis-Hill protégé turns £5 bet into £50k win

Karla Drew, heptathlete. trains with Toni Minichiello and studies at Sheffield Hallam University.
Karla Drew, heptathlete. trains with Toni Minichiello and studies at Sheffield Hallam University.
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A Sheffield student and heptathlete who trains with Jess Ennis-Hill is £50,000 better off after a long-shot punt at the bookies came in.

Post-graduate student Karla Drew – who is also a promising heptathlete who trains with Jessica Ennis-Hill – put £5 on the results of Tuesday’s international friendly games.

Karla bet a fiver with BetVictor on Brazil to beat Austria, Estonia to beat Jordan, Italy to beat Albania, Portugal to win over Argentina, Germany to beat Spain, France to beat Sweden and England to beat Scotland.

She also staked on Uruguay to beat Chile and for a draw between Canada and Panama and Poland versus Switzerland.

Drew, originally from Exeter who attends Sheffield Hallam University, went to bed knowing eight of her 10 selections were already successful.

But her win wasn’t sealed until the early hours when, in the final result, Panama drew at home to Canada.

She said: “This is a life-changing win for me.

“Being an MSC student, I’m not entitled to any student loan.

“I want to continue my studies and do a PhD in Sports Psychology and this will enable me to realise my dream.

“I was going to go to sleep before the final results came in but I was just too excited so I carried on refreshing the scores in bed.

“I only started to really believe I would do it with about 10 minutes to go of the Panama versus Canada game. I still can’t believe I have won!”

BetVictor’s director of public relations Charlie McCann said: “Karla acknowledged on Twitter that she faced a sleepless night on Tuesday, knowing that eight of her ten selections were winners but she need not have worried.

“Few football fans will remember the goalless draw between Panama and Canada with quite the same affection as one lucky Sheffield student and it is a fantastic story that her win will enable her to continue her postgraduate studies and long term objective of becoming a sports psychologist.”

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