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Amy's glorious debut
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Amy Spencer stars in a video diary of her triumphant debut in senior athletics

Amy Spencer reveals her thoughts to the Sport Academy

Having picked up a silver medal at the World U-18s and getting the UK junior record in Birmingham, I was feeling confident for the 200m.

Watch my video diary

I was making my senior championships debut in Cardiff.

It was an incredible day but I was a little nervous.

Dad is my coach and he was giving me advice but I was very focused. I wasn't expecting too much - just to reach the semi-finals really.

I warmed up for about an hour - a few stretching exercises and gentle jogging.

My first heat went OK. It was a bit of a cruise but I was pleased with the 23.92secs.

Amy Spencer shows off her medal to her Dad/trainer
Amy's proud father and trainer checks her medal

I ran the fastest qualifying time so I had the outside lane for the final which really helped.

The bends are really tight in Cardiff but I was still hopeful of running faster.

And the one thing that really went in my favour was that there were only two races on the day.

Only 10 runners turned up at Cardiff, meaning one less race which was great considering the seniors would be much stronger than me.

The strange thing is I don't remember too much about the final.

Full steam ahead

I was nervous but I was concentrating so much on my own race I wasn't aware of where the other girls were.

I can't believe I won though and 23.74secs was good. Dad said that Sarah Reilly was pushing me all the way but I felt great.

And afterwards, I had all these men shouting at me over the barrier - it was the Press asking me all these questions.

What made me laugh was Dad being speechless for the first time ever after the race.

I'm not going to get carried away though, although I am practicing my autograph.

It was a fantastic experience for me. I feel really chuffed I got gold.

You've read my story, now watch my video diary by clicking on the above.

Amy facts
Born: 19 September, 1985 in Wigan, England
Record: Set a British U13 best for 80m in 1998
Trophies: Won the AAA U15 200m title in 1999
Club: Belgrave Harriers

Did you know?
Amy's silver at the 2001 World Youth Championships was her first ever loss in the 200m

Open Quote
Dad was speechless for the first time ever after my race
Close Quote
Amy Spencer stars in a video diary of her triumphant debut in senior athletics
Amy Spencer
Belgrave Harrier star

Did you know?
Amy became the BBC's first Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2001

:: Amy shines in Cardiff
:: Amy takes Young Sports Personality prize

:: Belgrave Harriers
:: UK Athletics

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