Fiona’s main achievements to date –
GB U16 team 2014 European Youth Orienteering championships
GB U20 team 2015 Junior World Orienteering championships (unfortunately injured with a stress fracture but best position 33rd in Sprint)
British Sprint, Middle and Long distance champion W16 2014 and 2015
British Long distance champion W18 2016 (Sprint and Middle championships coming up soon).
She has also represented England at the Junior Home International Mountain running championships in 2014, coming 2nd in the U17 age group, but unfortunately was unable to compete in this last year due to injury.
“I have been extremely lucky to be supported by GLL this past year, both the financial support for my busy racing schedule and the access to sports facilities at the Better Leisure Centres has been amazing. I found it particularly helpful to support me through my recent injuries as I was able to use facilities that I wouldn’t normally have access to to help me cross-train through the injury (and stay sane!) as well as afford physiotherapy to help me return to running without problem! I now hope the injuries are behind me and I can build on my current form to arrive in Switzerland in peak condition!”
The Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) was Fiona’s main aim for the year, and she has been training hard to achieve selection and hopefully good results. Fiona is in the Under 18 age category, so will have 3 more opportunities for JWOC after this year. As a result she wants to use this time for gaining valuable experience in the hope of achieving podium in one of her final years!
It is the first year Fiona have been selected for the Long Distance, which she believes is her strongest discipline, and expects it will be a very exciting experience, but also challenging to maintain focus and a calm mental attitude for the estimated 55-60min running time. This mental aspect is the main difference between domestic and international competition and is something Fiona will have to particularly focus on if she wants to achieve a podium position in the future.
In the future Fiona is aiming for a podium position at JWOC, and to make the transition to senior ranks smoothly so that she can continue to train and compete at a high level. The overall aim is to medal at the senior world championships, however Fiona knows she must work extremely hard to stand a chance of this…the journey starts now!
In partnership with SportsAid, the GLL Sport Foundation is very proud to be supporting Fiona from this level to the best that she can be at a senior level.