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Ella Barrett

Ella Barrett.

The 17-year-old 200m and 400m runner, from Newbold and a student at St Mary's RC High School, is a member of Chesterfield and District AC and on the Derbyshire Institute of Sport programme, finishing fifth in the 200m final at the Commonwealth Youth Games.

Ella says: "I have been training and competing for Chesterfield and District AC for nearly eight years, switching from hurdles to long jump, to 200m, to pole vault, to 300m and then back to 200m.

"I'm very lucky, proud and grateful to have been selected onto the ICON bursary for the third year. Each year I have progressed, even through adversity such as injuries, illness and exams.

"My relationship with ICON began in 2013 where I came second in the 300m at English Schools, which secured me the place to compete for England in the Schools International

"I still don't understand how I achieved the time that I did in the later competition, a time that placed me 24th all-time, still having another year in that age group. In that November, I was given my first cheque from ICON.

"During the lead up to the 2014 season, I was able to fund more physio, strength and conditioning sessions, and most helpful was the pass to the local leisure centre which, during exams, I could do an effective and quicker session.

"Since 2013, I've been able to win all domestic and international titles in the 300m, compete for England on countless occasions, in particular the Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa this year, and represent my country and town with a great deal of pride.

"With this year's bursary I plan to emulate the same success in the 400m and to use the bursary in the most resourceful way to continue to get my dream."