Athletics, 800m

Jessica Judd

Last Updated: 08/01/15 9:30am

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

Officially, 2015 will be my first year as senior athlete.

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 gained senior global experience in 2013, by qualifying 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 started studying Biochemistry at the University of Loughborough this year, having deferred to focus primarily on athletics. That allowed me to be a full-time athlete for a 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 as a result be able to travel to and from training without having to rely on my parents or my coach. This means rather than my training be restricted at certain times, I have the freedom to train whenever suits 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 the money also enables me to afford to travel to races. Additionally, I have been able to go warm weather training. Finances have prevented this from happening in the past, and the bad weather this year has increased the need to train abroad. This enables 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 an important aspect of being an athlete away from the track. It would help my coach financially and enable him to be able to be with me more of the time, which will aid my development.