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Tilly Simpson

Tilly Simpson.

Tilly is a 15-year-old athlete from Eckington who won a gold medal at the English Schools Championships in the Intermediate Girls over 1500m and a silver medal at the National Indoor Championships over 800m.

Tilly says: "Throughout the 2015-2016 athletics season, I have suffered with numerous injuries that have set me back considerably following a very successful year in 2015.

"In January, I was diagnosed with an airline stress fracture in my lower ankle, so I was unable to participate in the upcoming 2016 cross country season. Following the stress fracture, I also suffered with a calf strain, which resulted in me having further time away from training.

"Eventually, on my return to competition, I won the Under-20 Northern 800m title and an England representative vest. During a brief seven-week period of being pain free, I won the English schools and SIAB 1500m titles and represented England twice on the track.

"During an international event in Wales, I suffered yet another problem, this time with my tight toe flexor.

"Currently I am back in training from my most recent injury and preparing for the upcoming indoor and cross country seasons, gradually building back up my training and my fitness.

"Over the next 12 months, I aim to compete again in National competitions and get through the season injury-free. I hope to be back to compete in some of the higher level cross country competitions after Christmas and then be prepared to compete again on the track.

"As a result of multiple injuries this season, I was advised not to participate in 800m races, which is my preferred distance, therefore I aim to be back racing over that distance in the upcoming year.

"Next year, my main target is to be selected for either the Great Britain team for the World Youth Track and Field Championships in Kenya, or represent England for the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas.

"In the long term, my main target is to become and Olympian and make it as a professional, senior track athlete."