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My Dad used to go to the gym at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham and that's how I got to find out about the Birchfield Harriers.

At the age of eight I had tried loads of different events but I soon realised my best was long jump.

And I've been breaking my personal best ever since.

Beating my PB is the thing that keeps me really motivated.

Last year I heard that my club needed athletes for cross country and the sports:hall competition.

I answered the call! And so my team Birmingham headed for the national final which was just amazing.

The hurdles is one of the great events at sports:hall
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I was quietly confident. You basically do three events - a jump, throw and a run.

The long jump went OK but I didn't do as well as I had hoped in the shot put.

And in the four lap race I won quite easily. After all that, I still didn't have a clue where I had finished overall!

Dad had tried to work it out and thought I might have made the top three - he told me not to get too excited!

When when the announcer said a "local girl" had won it I started to realise it was me!

Then I really did start to get excited. My friends in the stadium went mad!

I'd love to win Olympic gold in heptathlon one day. I know that's a long way off but the likes of Denise Lewis and Jade Johnson really inspire me.

Being a professional athlete would be amazing, but I'm still realistic enough to think about other jobs if I don't make it.

I'd still want to work in sport though - as a coach perhaps.

Whatever happens I'm going to enjoy it. I don't get too bothered if I lose, as long as I try my best.


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Jade's facts
Born: 27.3.89
Club: Birchfield Harriers
School: Willenhall Sports College
Fave subjects: PE and art
Other sports: Rounders and netball
Jade's long jump PB: 6:07m

Jade's bad habits!
Leaving her washing upstairs, leaving lights on and leaving her plate on the dinner table!


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