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Sky Sports Scholarships - Olivia Breen

Last Updated: 18/10/13 9:45am

Olivia Breen: Has had a busy but exciting few weeks despite being months away from the start of her new season

Olivia Breen: Has had a busy but exciting few weeks despite being months away from the start of her new season

Since my last blog I've had a very exciting couple of weeks!

I had a meeting with Tony Lester who is the Head of the Sky Sports scholarships and he put me in touch with Jonas Dodoo who coaches athletics at Oaklands Athletics Academy, which is attached to Oaklands College in St Albans.

Jonas suggested that I consider moving to Oaklands so that I could train and study in the same place. I visited Oaklands a couple of times and really liked it so Oaklands College is my new home five days a week and I love it!

I am training with some of the country's most elite young athletes and whilst the training is tough I am really feeling the benefits of it. I miss my friends and family but I still see them at weekends.

Filming

I also spent an exciting day with Sky a couple of weeks ago filming a documentary at my home track at the Mountbatten centre in Portsmouth. It was really fun (despite the rain!) and the crew were all lovely.

My Portsmouth coach, Leroy Elliot, and I were both interviewed and filmed during training and it gave me an idea of the work which goes into making films and documentaries.

Last Friday I went to a lunch hosted by British Athletics in London for all those athletes who have worn a GB vest this year. It was a great day where both able-bodied and disabled athletes met together and celebrated a great year for British athletics.

I have also been really lucky and been awarded a grant at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford in the last couple of weeks and I am going there every Friday to supplement my strength and conditioning work. They are working with the teams at Portsmouth and Oaklands to help make me stronger during the winter season.

Life is good!