Beth Potter hopes 2011 will Czech-out fine


BEARSDEN runner Beth Potter was awarded £500 to continue her dream of competing in the 2012 Olympics at an awards dinner.

The 18-year-old brought down the curtain on her 2010 season in star-studded style, rubbing shoulders with, among others, European and Commonwealth 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene, and world 800m bronze medallist Jenny Meadows at the UKA dinner in Loughborough recently.

Middle-distance ace Potter, who was a guest at the season finale dinner, received the funding as part of the UKA Heroes Project, receiving her cheque from Jenny.

It has been a difficult year for the former Bearsden Academy pupil, as she endured an injury-ravaged 2010. She spent the majority of the year on the treatment table and as a result wil not make any bold predictions for next season.

However, she hopes to be back on form for the 2011 season with her main goal the European Under-23 Championships in the Czech Republic.

She said: “The awards night is a really good evening because it is always nice to see all the top UK athletes.

“Because I am down in Loughborough full time I see a lot of athletes around but it is always nice to go to an evening like that and see them all because that is where I want to be one day.

“At the minute everything is going quite well for me in terms of my training but with all the injury problems I had last year I am being quite cautious.

“I would love to go to the European Under-23’s, but will have to see how it goes.”

And on her training, she said: “I went out to a training camp in Kenya recently and that went well but I haven’t really seen the benefits yet but hopefully that will come through next season.”

Jenny, who added the European Championships bronze to her rapidly growing trophy cabinet in 2010, believes Potter will be a revelation in 2011.

She said: “I am sure she will have a great year. Since I have been involved on the scheme everyone seems to be really doing better each year and they have such a great attitude.

“They are all very much into setting their own goals and are much more in tune with what they need to be doing than I was at their age.”

UKA Heroes project, sponsored by Original Source, is a successful initiative which offers financial support to talented young athletes who are working towards the 2012 and 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.