Hampshire Talented Athlete Profiles
Myles Richardson - National 200m champion
2011 has been a fantastic year for sprinter Myles Richardson. The 14 year old from Basingstoke won gold in the Junior Boys 200m race at the English Schools Track and Field Championships in July, before winning the Under 15 200m race at the National Championships in August. He is currently ranked number 1 in the UK for 60m and 200m.
What are your targets for 2012?
I would like to win the 60m and 200m at the National Indoor Championships and 100m and 200m National Outdoor Championships. I also want to represent Hampshire at the English Schools Championships and win the 200m again.
What has been your biggest challenge to date?
Winning 200m at English Schools as I needed to run faster than my PB to win.
What is your favourite sporting moment?
Winning the double national title (60m and 200m) at the Indoor Championships.
What are your top tips for aspiring athletes?
Work hard and follow your dreams.
What one piece of kit, equipment or food / drink could you not live without?
Nike spikes - I have worn the same ones for big competitions for the last two years. They are so comfortable and I consider them to be my ‘lucky’ ones!
Who is your sporting hero?
Usain Bolt - he is an inspiration.
Who has most influenced your success?
My coaches Debbie and John Davis. They have got to know me well as a person and treat me as an individual. I could not have got where I am without their support and expertise.
What would it mean to you to compete at the Olympics?
It would mean that everything I have worked for has come true. There is no higher honour than to represent your country and hopefully bring a medal back for the nation.
How has the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme helped you with your sport?
Without HTAS I would have found it very difficult to train this year. The bus pass has enabled me attend regular training sessions and I have used the leisure pass to access swimming as a training sessions too. Without the funding I would not have been able to compete in as many competitions and access the required equipment.
Finally what 10 words would you use to describe yourself?
Competitive, hardworking, dedicated, focussed, organised, sensible, funny, friendly, caring, smiley!
Sports Development Officer (Performance)