Cheriece Hylton

Cheriece Hylton
  • Sport:
    Age:
    21
    Town:
    Mottingham
    Region:
    London
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Key Achievements

  • 2017British Senior Trials, 400m, 4th in first senior trials, and got selected for Commonwealth Games

  • 2015European Junior Championships, 400m, 53.16s - 2nd in the final and won the 4x400m relay

  • 2015Loughborough International, 200m, 23.15w - 1st in Guest A race

  • 2015Sainsbury's Indoor British Championships, 200m, 23.80 - 2nd

Interview

How did you first get involved in your sport?

In primary school, a local PE teacher coached athletics for three weeks and nominated both my sister (Shannon) and I to compete at the London Indoor Games in 2007. This was my first athletics competition, and I haven’t looked back since!

What does a typical week look like for you?

Monday- track and gym Tuesday- track and gym Wednesday- regeneration day e.g. bike or swim Thursday- track Friday- gym Saturday- track and gym Sunday- rest

What motivates you to continue in your sport?

The thought of me not reaching my full potential yet. That’s the main thing that motivates me to get up and train, and do the little things to ensure I am the best sportsperson I can be. Also my parents are my biggest influences, and my coach and physio teams work tirelessly to ensure I am fit and healthy so I can compete at my best. I am motivated by their hard work and efforts that they’ve invested into me.

What do you enjoy the most about being a sportsperson?

Asides from the competitive nature of being a sportdperson, the thought of me being a potential role model to people - both young and old- really does make me smile. I want to inspire people that sports is not just about competition. It's a lifestyle and can positively affect you mentally and socially, as well as physically.

Who is your biggest influence in your life and why?

My parents. They have come from nothing and shown me that with hard work, dedication and utter resilience, impossible is nothing.

What do you do in your free time?

I’ll meet up with my friends whenever and wherever they are free. I also love travelling! There’s not one particular way to live life, so seeing different people and different cultures is so refreshing to me. When I retire from athletics, I’d love to travel the world and go backpacking for year.

How will your SportsAid Award help you?

I will be using my SportsAid Award to help cover costs of training and travel in particular. These are my biggest expenses so your support will be incredibly beneficial to me.

Long-term aims

Want to become an Olympian, but even more so to be an Olympic Medallist.

Short-term aims

World Indoor Championships, Birmingham- 4x400m Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast- 4x400m European Athletics Championships, Berlin- 400m individual

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