After arriving in the UK from Jamaica, Brittany was advised by her coach back home to join Track Academy. She has been training since 2009.
Athletics is a huge part of her Jamaican heritage and she has been committed to training at Track Academy since the age of 11.
Coming into the British education system late from another country had its challenges and she did not have the most confidence in her abilities. However, her confidence grew as a student athlete through her achievements on the track, and she was able to transfer skills learnt from her coach to her school life. She learnt that there are no excuses on the track and you get out what you put in which applies to school perfectly.
Brittany has grown to know that, alongside her family, Track Academy is a support system providing mentoring, university application advice and employability support. Following her success at GCSE she went to sixth form to study her A levels and is now an undergraduate in the process of completing her degree.
Her experience of growing up with Track Academy has made her an exemplary student athlete who inspires her younger peers. She attends mentoring dinners where she can share her experiences and talk through challenges with role model mentors as well as her peers. Her athletics experience has helped her to build up her resilience in the face of potential knockbacks.
During nearly two years of injury and difficult adjustments, she still maintained her positive attitude and continued to attend training. This helped her keep conditioned in other areas of her fitness and engage with other areas of the programme, in order to focus on her education and university applications. Following this period of difficulty, Brittany achieved her first chance to represent team GB in the 4×100 at the prestigious Loughborough International.
We are really looking forward to seeing Brittany’s future achievements and believe she will achieve anything she sets her mind to.
Q&A with Brittany
Q. How old were you when you started at Track Academy?
Q. What has been your biggest challenge and how have you managed this?
A: My biggest challenge was doing my A levels, having a part-time job and training five times a week. To manage this I had to know my priorities. I stopped working nearer to my exams and I trained less to get in quality school work.
Q. What is your biggest accomplishment in athletics? How did your coach support you?
A: My biggest accomplishment was getting picked for the GB team to run at the Loughborough International. Coach supported me by being there at competitions and motivating me through the several injuries I’ve had.
Q. What has been your biggest accomplishment in education?
A: I wasn’t the smartest child; I struggled in primary school and my biggest accomplishment was to be even doing A levels in the first place.
Q. What opportunities have you experienced via Track Academy?
A: I’ve been selected for Athlete of the Month and Jack Petchey Awards through Track Academy. Track Academy has allowed me to develop essential life skills, for example organisation skills and time management which helped me a lot in balancing my life.
Q. How important is your relationship with Track Academy staff and athletes?
A: Very important. People say blood is thicker than water but water is pretty thick too. Track Academy staff and athletes do things and support me just as if they were family. They are a shoulder to lean on when you’re not so strong.
Q. If today was your last day with Track Academy, what would you take with you?
A: To always remember that wherever you came from, you have to be respectful to anyone no matter the situation. Do what makes you happy, not what others want.
Q. What advice would you have for young student athletes who want to join Track Academy?
A: The encouragement I would give is that Track Academy is going to help them learn, experience and develop new skills through workshops, trips and camps.