Athletics, 800m

Jessica Judd

Last Updated: 20/03/14 10:04am

Jessica Judd: Competed at the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow

Jessica won her first Diamond League event in the 800m last season, seeing off a world class field

Becoming the leading middle distance runner in the world is Jessica's ultimate goal

Jessica won 800m gold at the European Team Championships in 2013

Jessica won 800m gold at the European Team Championships in 2013

As I have only just turned 19, I will still be eligible to compete in the World Junior Championships in 2014, and will not officially be a senior athlete until 2015.

Fact File

  • DOB: 09/01/1995
    Event: Athletics, 800m/1500m
    Hometown: Canvey Island
    International Debut: 2011
  • 2011: World Youth Championships 800m - 3rd
    2012:World Junior Championships 800m - 2nd
    2012: World Junior Championships 1500m - 5th
    2012: British Olympic Trials 800m - 3rd
    2013: European Team Championships 800m winner
My coach and I have an eight-year plan, which initially focuses on qualifying for a middle distance final at the Olympic Games in Rio. I will only be 21 at these Olympics, and the experience will enable me to strive to achieve Gold in the 2020 Olympics. I aim to gain senior global experience this year, by trying to qualify for the World Championships in Moscow. I was extremely disappointed to not make the London 2012 Olympic Games, but bounced back to medal at the World Junior Championships and believe that time is on my side. I aim to use this positively to spur me on to make the World Championships this year. I also aim to pursue a place at the University of Bath to study Biochemistry. I will defer until 2014 to focus primarily on athletics so I can be a full-time athlete for one year, before taking this attitude into university and allowing me to have the same mind-set and goals. The money from the Sky Scholarship means I am able to afford a car and hence be able to travel to and from training, without having to rely on my parents or coach. This means my training wouldn't be restricted to being at certain times, I could have the freedom to train whenever suited me.

"Sky would be able to support me from a development stage to ultimate success. My aim is to be the best female distance runner in the world, and Sky could be a part of that."

Jessica Judd

Travel and accommodation costs for competitions are expensive, so this money would enable me to afford to travel to races. I would be able to go warm weather training. Finances have prevented this from happening, and the bad weather this year has increased the need to train abroad. This would enable me to improve my ability and translate this into competition. Sky would be able to support me from a development stage to ultimate success. My aim is to be the best female distance runner in the world, and Sky could be a part of that. I could be more independent and financially secure as a result of the scholarship which would increase my ability to access certain resources and make athletic decisions, which would not be compromised by financial limitations. Examples of these resources would be to see the best physios in my area and be able to take my coach abroad with me to competitions to help with my preparation. Media training would also be an immense help in gaining experience in dealing with the media. It would financially help my coach and enable him to be able to be with me more of the time, which will aid my development. When I start university, due to Bath being a fair distance away, the money would enable me to travel back to Essex on numerous occasions to have Rob watch and guide my sessions.