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Alicia Barrett

Alicia Barrett.

The 17-year-old sprint hurdler, 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, making the final of the 100m hurdles Commonwealth Youth Games final and finishing sixth at the IAAF World Youth Championships having set an UK Under-18 record in a qualifying round.

Alicia says: "I am a 100m hurdler from Chesterfield, Derbyshire. I compete for Chesterfield Athletics Club and I am coached by Daniel Duke.

"Each year, since being an Under-15 hurdler, I have managed to either lead or be ranked on the top 10 all-time list.

"This year I was selected to represent Great Britain at the World Youth Games where I finished sixth in the final, and broke the GB Under-18 record, previously held by Sally Gunnell.

"I also represented England at the Commonwealth Youth Games, but unfortunately I did not finish the final race.

"Each year irrespective of my success I have learned so much about my sport and myself, but I recognise there is still so much more to learn.

"ICON has made a huge contribution to my growing and learning in athletics. I consider myself very fortunate to have received the award for a number of years, and as I have progressed the bursary has become more meaningful.

"My expenses have increased through the years, particularly in the last couple, that has resulted in regular physiotherapy, and sports massages. Alongside this, there is travelling, entry fees, winter training and additional healthy foods required.

The Icon bursary has made a difference and contributed to my success to date and I am very grateful to everyone that has helped make it possible for me to benefit from ICON."