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Niamh Emerson

Niamh is a 17-year-old heptathlete from Shirland who beat the British age group record twice and won a European Junior heptathlon bronze medal. She also made her senior England debut and won the gold medal in high jump and bronze medal in the 400m hurdles at the Commonwealth Youth Games.

Niamh says: "Winning Gold and Bronze in Samoa was going to take some beating this year. My main aim was to get the qualifying standard to the European Youth championships in Tbilisi. That start of the year went well, after winning the national indoor combined events then going on to win the international in Spain for GB. Following this in the summer I broke the British U18 record for Heptathlon held by Katarina Johnson-Thompson in Tenerife. I was really shocked. I then broke it again in Tbilisi and got Bronze. It was really tough competition too, the winner also broke the world record! I also won two senior British championship Bronze for the high jump.

"In 2017 I hope to achieve the qualifying standards for high jump and Heptathlon to compete at the European Juniors in Italy and achieve the standards for the Commonwealth Games 2018."