Sports Psychology Masters student and Team Staff Elite Scholarship athlete Kate Holt picked up a fantastic bronze medal finishing 3rd in the prestigious English National Cross Country Championships on the 27th February. In a tight and thrilling race all top three athletes finished within 4 seconds of each other. Kate’s performance is all the more impressive as she is in her first season as a senior athlete.
Kate was understandably delighted with her performance, which follows her inclusion in the Great Edinburgh International races in January, when she represented England. Going into the race, Kate said “I was aiming for a top 10 position as I knew I was up against a strong field and it was a demanding course. I ran my own race, and didn’t believe a medal was mine until the last 400m when my coach shouted that I could.”
Several athletes were contesting the bronze medal position but her strength showed as she climbed the final hill and was able to pull away from the group.
Winning the bronze medal will certainly have given her confidence and sets her up well for the forthcoming track season, in what is Olympic year. Clearly a great talent, Kate is looking forward to racing over the 5,000m, a new distance for her, this summer for her club Stoke AC. After this performance a successful track season is certainly on the cards.
Kate is supported by Staffordshire University Team Staffs Elite Scholarship Programme. This provides a complete 360 degree support package to help elite sport people be their best. Team Staffs Elite Scholarships include strength and conditioning, performance testing, sports therapy and sport psychology and are open for application to any prospective and current Staffordshire University students who compete at county level or above. For more details check out our Team Staff Elite webpage.
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