Rising star Abbie dreams of Olympic glory

Rising star Abbie dreams of Olympic glory

Tameside College student pursues career as Olympian with victory in regional athletics competition.

Abbie Hirst, a former Rayner Stephens High School student studying health and social care, won three medals in the Greater Manchester Athletics Association (GMAA) track and field championships.

She took gold in discus, silver in javelin and silver in the high jump during the competition, which took place at Longford Stadium in Trafford on Saturday 14th May.

After realising her passion for sport, Abbie has begun competing with Salford Harriers Running Club and decided to transfer to a sports qualification at the college.

She has also signed up for the college’s athletics team and eventually hopes to go on to compete with Team GB in the Olympics.

Abbie said: “I’m really pleased about winning in the GMAA competition, it’s given me a lot of confidence in myself and my parents are very proud. I have decided that a career in sport is something I would really enjoy and becoming an Olympian is my goal. I would also love to become a sports teacher.”

Lyn Renn, student services officer at Tameside College, said: “Abbie has worked really hard this year, at college achieving her qualification and recently competing with her running club. She has accomplished what she deserves and will hopefully be taking a new direction on one of our sports courses next year. I look forward to seeing her succeed in the future.”

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