Athletics: Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in sights of Winterbourne International Academy pupil
WINTERBOURNE International Academy pupil Emily Wright hopes another successful season can put her in contention for the Commonwealth Games.
The Yate and District AC sprinter became the first 14-year-old to represent the senior Welsh team at the Loughborough International last year and hopes to form part of their 4x100m relay team at Glasgow 2014.
Wright was the youngest competitor as she helped Wales finish third in the 4x100m relay on her debut and took a guest spot in the 200m.
She felt that experience was vital, but is determined not to get too carried away with her early elevation and work hard towards her ultimate dream of competing at the Olympics.
“It was a bit different because they were all older than me and you’ve got to treat it more professionally and be more organised so it was quite a good experience,” said Winterbourne-based Wright, who is now 15-years-old.
“My coaches help me deal with it a lot better and take it step by step, so hopefully I can maintain it at senior level.
“Talent can only take you so far, it’s dedication that gets you further.”
Wright represented Wales for the first time in August 2012 when she won the under-16 women’s long jump competition at the Celtic Games in Aberdeen.
She went over a year without participating in long jump due to knee problems, but she made a stunning comeback in the senior women competition at the Cardiff Met Grand Prix earlier this month, recording a personal best of 5.67m as she finished fourth.
It was on the track that Wright impressed last year with her shock triumph in the Welsh Indoor International under-20s 200m race while representing Wales the highlight.
She has been travelling to Cardiff regularly since the end of 2012, where she is coached by Dave Lease.
“He was (former Olympic sprinter) Jason Gardener’s coach when he was younger and he’s gone on to win gold medals so that gives me more hope,” said Wright, who qualifies for Wales through her dad.
“He’s a really good coach, he takes it a lot more professionally and straight forward.”
After being gripped by the London 2012 Olympics, Wright insists it made her more determined to achieve her dream.
“I didn’t manage to get any tickets but it showed me how much I wanted it,” she said.