High Flying BDA Athlete

Lia Stephenson, Year 12, has achieved exceptional athletic success this year and has been rewarded for her supreme efforts with a special recognition award.

Lia’s triumphant few months began at the end of January with the London Indoor Games, where she won the triple jump - her specialist event - and came second in the 60m sprint. Next was the Middlesex Championships in March which saw Lia again claim top spot in the triple jump and fourth in the 60m, with a personal best of 8.15 seconds.

Her consistent performances are in no small part due to drive and an overwhelming desire to reach the top. Lia is determined to make a name for herself in her first year competing in the U20s category and has made a formidable start.

She said: “Even when I have a bad jump or training session I just stay focused and keep going as my goal is to one day compete for GB at the Olympics. Hopefully with the help and support of my coach, athletes, BDA, family and friends I will be able to pursue my dream.”

Lia added to her extensive list of accomplishments in April with comprehensive victories in the Southern Athletics League, placing first in both the triple jump and high jump. Last month the impressive athlete beat her personal best in the triple jump at the Youth Development League and is now ranked second in London and seventh in the UK.

For her continued success Lia has received the prestigious Jack Petchey Award for Outstanding Achievement. The award is in recognition of her outstanding commitment to sport. She has also been selected to compete at the UK Women's League in June, alongside the best seniors and U20s in the country.

Lia recently received a letter from overseas suggesting that she apply for a sporting scholarship at a US university. For this promising young athlete, the sky’s the limit.