Romford athlete gets Kelly call

PUBLISHED: 17:05 11 August 2011

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Kersey joins Olympic champion’s ‘camp’

Romford’s Gemma Kersey has been invited by double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes to become a member of her successful Aviva-sponsored ‘On Camp with Kelly’ mentoring and education initiative for talented young middle distance athletes.

The move follows Kersey’s participation in two OCWK camps as part of her involvement in ‘Future Stars with Kelly’ - an education programme for medalists in endurance events at the Aviva English Schools Athletics Championship.

Holmes said: “Gemma has a great personality and willingness to learn everything she can to move forward in her athletics career.

“It has been a pleasure to have her take part in the recent camps and she deserves a place as a member of ‘On Camp with Kelly’ to help her develop further.”

Kersey celebrated her selection by winning the Under-20 3,000m race at the prestigious Aviva London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace on Friday by three seconds in a new personal best of 9mins 44.31secs.

That followed an excellent performance over 1,500m at the Aviva UK Trials and Championships the previous weekend when Kersey finished eighth after a personal best of 4:20.44 in her heat.

After her win at Crystal Palace, Kersey said: “I enjoyed the race and found it really comfortable.

“I didn’t want to take it on straight away as it’s my first 3,000m at that level, but I went for it with two laps to go.

“I think I could have gone a bit quicker but I’m pleased with the win.”

Kersey is now hoping to improve her 800m best (currently 2:10.0) before embarking on a cross-country season where her aim will be to earn a GB or England vest before she leaves the Junior ranks.

Holmes set up ‘On Camp with Kelly’ with the support of Aviva in 2004 because she wanted to help retain talented young female middle distance athletes in the sport and assist them to make the transition from junior to senior ranks.

Her vision of ‘On Camp with Kelly’ was that it should be an educational development programme so that the athletes who are part of it gain life experiences as well as learn what it takes to become a world class athlete.

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