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Edge Hill student chases dream of Paris 2024 Olympics

June 25, 2024

An Edge Hill University student is dreaming of fulfilling an Olympic dream after securing a spot for a qualifying event for Paris 2024.

Sprinter Olivia Fowler, who is studying Professional Policing at the University, will go head-to-head with other 100 metres hopefuls at the UK Athletics Championships in Manchester on June 29.

The 19-year-old from Sandbach, Cheshire, has clocked a time of 12.03 for the event this year and is aiming to smash her personal best to land a place with Team GB.

Fellow Edge Hill student Ryan Mostyn from Kirkby, who is studying Sports Therapy, has also qualified for the Olympic qualifying event in the men’s 100m after running a time of 10.61 this year.

Olivia, who has been involved with athletics since she was 11, has not only broken a string of University athletics records during her time in Ormskirk, she recently received the Academic Achievement Award for the highest grades in her year group.

She has juggled the demands of studying for a degree with gym sessions, track workouts and rehabilitation exercises, including double sessions three times a week with coach Frankie Arkwright, an Edge Hill alumnus.

Olivia, whose inspiration is 2012 Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill, said: “Luckily, my course has finished now for the summer so I can focus entirely on training. But even during the semester my lecturers were very understanding. They allowed me to leave early for training as long as I kept up with my work.”

Olivia Fowler

Friends, too, have been supportive and Olivia says the athletics community at Edge Hill is a close-knit family known for its loud and enthusiastic support at competitions.

She added: “We’re known as the loudest team at competitions. It’s great to have that kind of support. It really makes a difference.”

While Olivia is now training her sights on the possibility of Paris, she is realistic about her goals.

She said: “The Olympics is every athlete’s ultimate goal. If I don’t make it this year, I’ll keep pushing for 2028. I’m only 19, so I have time.

“When you’re younger, you see athletes on TV and think it’s unattainable, but it’s about taking baby steps and improving every day.”

The UK Athletics Championships are hosted by Manchester Regional Arena on 29-30 June and events will be screened by the BBC.

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June 25, 2024

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