• Full Name : Katie Stainton

I first realised I wanted to be an athlete when I was 10 years old after my Grandad took me to a sports hall athletics competition. I have always been super competitive and from a young age I’ve always been focused on winning and being the best I can possibly be.

Although, the event I now specialise in is the heptathlon, this wasn’t always the case. I started off as a sprinter doing mainly 200m and I also occasionally did long jump. After moving to a different club, Birchfield Harriers, I started training with a new coach and decided to give 400m hurdles a try. I loved the challenge that this brought and thought that this would definitely be the event for me that I would excel in. Unfortunately, after becoming ill with an unexpected heart infection, I had to take 7 months of complete rest and couldn’t train at all during this time. Coming back after my time off was pretty tough as I’d lost a lot of fitness and confidence. It was at this point where I decided I’d like to try heptathlon. My coach at the time supported my decision and we started training for the seven events. That year I won the home countries international gaining my first England vest and I won English schools. The following year I headed to university to train under a new coach with a group of multi eventers like myself. During my time at university I represented Great Britain for the first time in both the indoor pentathlon and heptathlon. This felt like such an achievement however I always wanted more. The following years I’ve gained many national titles in heptathlon and in long jump and represented Great Britain numerous times. My most recent, and proudest achievement was being selected to represent team England at the 2018 commonwealth games in Australia.  I hope to keep improving, and keep pushing and working hard towards reaching my goal of competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.