Young athlete Niamh Bailey has received awards at two recent county sports ceremonies after a season that saw her ranked fourth in a national heptathlon event.
Niamh was awarded Young Sportswoman of the Year at Kettering Sports Awards, and she also got a trophy for Team of the Year at the Northants Sports awards for her role in a combined team that took part in an English School competition.
It was at an English Schools event that Niamh also won fourth place in the Under-20 Heptathlon Championship, competing against 40 other athletes, setting a club record and two personal bests on the day. She is ranked number one in the East Midlands for four events; 100m, 200m, high jump and long jump and her success comes in only her third year of competing in heptathlon, which comprises hurdles, high jump, shot and 200m on day one and long jump, javelin and 800m on day two. In addition Niahm also competes in races over 100m and 400m.
She trains for hours every week with coaches Matt Peleszok and Dick Caplis of Kettering Town Harriers. Reporting on her latest sporting achievements, their website said: ‘This is the culmination of a season which has seen Niamh train and compete as hard as ever and has made her coach, family and friends remarkably proud of her.’
Niamh’s brother, Dermot, also received the Young Disabled Sportsman award at Kettering for his success in wheelchair tennis. She said: ‘We are quite a sporty family. I just liked running and got good at it. The main part of my season was obviously finishing fourth at the English Schools combined event because we get ranked in the whole of the UK. I was really motivated by going to the Olympics and watching Jessica Ennis doing the hurdle and high jump.’