Talented Sheffield athlete seeks sponsor

Amy Hodgson
Amy Hodgson
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A talented Sheffield athlete hoping to follow in the footsteps of city golden girl Jessica Ennis-Hill is on track to achieving her dream.

Amy Hodgson, aged 19, is ranked eighth in the country for her age group in the heptathlon.

The youngster, a member of the City of Sheffield and Dearne Athletics Club, where Olympic and world champion Ennis-Hill started out, trains six days a week for up to three hours each day - practicing each of the seven heptathlon events – 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200m, long jump, javelin and 800m.

Amy, from Woodhouse Mill, Sheffield, had her first taste of athletics at the age of 11 and soon started to pick up multiple medals in the local leagues.

By the age of 16, she had been crowned county heptathlon champion for the under 17s.

The following season she moved up to compete in the under 20s age group and was selected to take part in a special programme for elite sportsmen and women run by UK Athletics.

Amy said: “I just really enjoy it and I’d love to compete for Great Britain one day. I watch the Olympics and it’s always going to be a dream.

“It can be tough sometimes and I’ve probably missed out on a lot of things other teenagers do, but it’s worth it when I win.”

Amy is currently a member of her club’s upper age group team, sponsored by Sheffield law firm Slater and Gordon, which recently made it to their first ever national final of the Youth Development League.

The Loughborough University student is now looking for sponsorship of her own.

Anyone who would like to sponsor Amy can get in touch by emailing amyhodgson96@outlook.com