A RISING athletics star has made a stunning debut for one of the country’s biggest clubs.
Wearing the Sale Harriers strip for the first time after her move from West Cheshire AC, Amy Williams proved she is one of Britain’s top young talents with a stunning display at her new club’s Indoor Open Meeting.
Amy’s standout performance at the Sportcity event in Manchester came in the under 15s girls 60m.
Competing against girls up to two years older than her, she stormed to victory in 8.18 seconds – a time that bettered the winner of the U17s girls race and which makes her the fastest U13s girl in the country for 2010.
The 13-year-old also cemented her commanding 41cm advantage at the top of the British U13s girls long jump standings, as well as going close to becoming Britain’s number one 60m hurdles runner for her age group.
Dennis Wall, chairman of the Ellesmere Port-based West Cheshire club, now wants to see her follow in the footsteps of British athletics golden girl Jessica Ennis.
Dennis, of Great Sutton, said: “It’s a natural progression for Amy and we’re tremendously proud of her. We think she can be a big name in the sport if she keeps enjoying it.
“She’s multi-talented in long jump, hurdles and sprinting and I think she will go on to compete in the heptathlon like Jessica Ennis.”
Amy set records this year in 10 different events while competing for West Cheshire, including the best British long jump for more than 17 years for U13s girls.
Amy, who finishes 2010 ranked number one in Cheshire in 11 events, also won silver at the English Schools Championships, along with five gold medals and special track and field awards at the Cheshire Championships.
Amy has switched allegiances to the renowned Harriers to benefit from top-level competition in the National Young Athletes League, although West Cheshire AC remain her second club and she is still able to turn out for the Ellesmere Port outfit.
Amy joins a talented jumps group at Sportcity working under the tutelage of top UK Athletics coach Keith Hunter.
Keith, who has coached Amy for 18 months, said: “Amy is quite clearly naturally gifted as an athlete. My role as Amy’s coach is to enable her to unleash that potential.”