Meet the athletes - Jess Turner
Looking ahead to the track at Tokyo is 400m hurdler 20-year-old Jess Turner from Denby in Derbyshire who studies at Loughborough.
What is the best and worst thing about your sport?
The best thing about athletics is you get to travel all over the world to compete, I love going to different countries I've never visited before, the whole experience travelling and competing is amazing. The worst thing about my sport is the horrendous training sessions we have to do, to push yourself to the absolute maximum is so tough but after every horrible training session you feel relieved and happy to finish it.
What is your best achievement this year?
My best achievement this year has got to be winning the silver medal at British Championships. It was my first senior medal and I am very proud to be up there with the best.
What does your normal day and week look like?
I train 6 days a week, sometimes double sessions in a day but I travel to Loughborough to do my track and hurdle sessions 3 times a week and do my strength and conditioning training at Derby University.
What do you enjoy most about being a sports person?
I enjoy being active, I enjoy training and competing especially competing for my country. I just love sport and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. If I wasn't doing athletics I would be doing another sport.
Who is your sporting hero?
I have so many! But Jess Ennis-Hill is definitely a great role model and athlete, I love her personality and her attitude towards training and competing.
Where is your favourite place to compete?
Has to be America! I absolutely loved it at Oregon for World Juniors, and this year in Florida. Just the atmosphere is so amazing because everyone's mad about track.
If you could win one competition what would it be and why?
Definitely the Olympics, you can't get any higher competition than that. To be known as an Olympic Champion is something to cherish.
What is your favourite thing to do when you have some down-time?
I'm mad about films and movies, recovery day is always a movie day or a trip to the cinemas.
What is the worst injury you have had?
My worst injuries I've had is to my foot. I had a stress reaction 2 years ago where I was on crutches for a month. Again I had strained two tendons in the same foot this year which resulted in me being on crutches again. So very frustrating and definitely the worst injuries I've had. And hopefully the last!
What are your targets for the next six months?
To have a decent injury free winter training like I had last year. And to come out stronger and fitter.
How does your SportsAid grant and support from The Nottingham help you?
Training camps abroad are the main thing that Sportsaid and The Nottingham really helps me with as they don't come cheap. It allows me to get quality training weeks in with good climate and good facilities. Also races abroad, there aren't many races in the UK for 400m hurdles at a high standard so going abroad and competing with the best is perfect and has developed me as a competitive athlete. This support has given me a lifeline to what I want to do in my career.
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