India Goes International!

Race Reports

You may remember a few weeks ago, we told you that Under 20 Junior Harrier, India Oates, had been selected to represent Great Britain at the Junior World Para Championships. Well, she has kindly been in touch to update us on her international endeavours, so we thought what better way to pass on her news to you, than from India herself.

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With her GB team mates, India Oates, middle row, second from the right

So, India, it’s over to you…..

“I was selected to represent Great Britain in Switzerland competing in the Junior World Para Championships from the 1st -4th of August. I was there just over a week and it was an amazing experience. I was entered for the 100m and the 200m in the mixed classes of T38-T35 U20. I’m a T35!
On Thursday 1st I ran my 200m and got a time of 34.81 which placed me 8th overall. On the Saturday, it was the 100m and I got a time of 16:56 which was close to my SB. Overall I came 6th in the mixture of both classes. However I was the fastest T35 in the U20 category.

It was amazing; I loved meeting new friends, getting the feel of being in an International competition in terms of rules, warm up area, learning how to stay entertained with long days and not much planned. The answer to boredom was playing UNO!!

I would like to thank everyone at Darlington Harriers, from the people who were in my training group 5 years ago to the people who just follow my progress. Your support means a lot to me!!! Since the Junior Worlds, I was selected to represent GB juniors at Manchester International. I ran a SB and came fourth in a field of world class athletes including Sophie Hahn, Kadeena Cox and Amy Carr ”

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Well done India, huge congratulations from all at Darlington Harriers for a tremendous achievement. We’re sure it won’t be too long before we have our first Paralympian!