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Young athlete – Kimberley ReedJanuary 24, 2014
Part of AW‘s young athlete series, we hear how this Scottish thrower has Glasgow 2014 in her sights
Within four months of taking up the hammer after watching Scottish record-holder Shirley Webb in Gladiators on TV in 2009, Kimberley Reed set a Scottish under-15 record and won Scottish and English titles.
Continuing to improve, in 2013 she ranked No.2 junior in the UK with 59.69m – a PB that earned her the athlete of the match and Norma Blaine award for best overall performance at the UK Youth Development Final. It meant the 18-year-old finished a testing year on a positive note.
“I had a difficult start to the season with the passing of my beloved coach, Alan Bertram,” she says. “My dad helped me get back up. I worked hard and am extremely proud of my performances.”
“Putting on that Great Britain vest is a wonderful feeling”
The Edinburgh athlete emerged as a major hammer talent in 2011 when she won the English under-17, Scottish under-18, Scottish Schools and UK School Games titles. In addition, she won silver at the Commonwealth Youth Games and was 10th in the IAAF World Youth Championships.
“The World Youths in Lille, France, was my first major championships and my first time competing abroad with all the press and cameras and I was the only Scottish athlete there,” she recalls. “Putting on that Great Britain vest is a wonderful feeling and I felt very patriotic!”
Now in her second year studying Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Edinburgh University, Kimberley trains seven or eight times a week with her dad, Scott.
“It is hard to fit everything in, but I enjoy training and every little progression is one step closer to my aim of competing for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games this year,” she says. “I will never get the chance again to compete for my home country, in my home country, so it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Like Webb and British record-holder Sophie Hitchon, Kimberley did ballet for eight years and believes the balance, coordination and agility acquired from her first sport are major assets in the hammer circle.
Kimberley adds: “Sophie shows you don’t need to be huge to throw far!”
You can find further performance stats on Kimberley on Power of 10 here.
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