A cup of tea with... Olivia Breen
We caught up with Olivia Breen on her training and achievements so far in 2015.
Well it has been a great few weeks for me. I finished my second year at college the end of June and I am now back at home for the summer.
I have recently competed in a couple of long jump competitions and at The Jumps and Throws Fest in Birmingham a couple of weeks ago I was delighted to achieve a pb of 4.28. I have succeeded in jumping the qualifying distance for the World Championships and hopefully I can build on this over the next few months. I know there is more to come for my long jump and I am looking forward to jumping at The Sainsburys School Games in September for Team South West.
I have recently given a few presentations at clubs and schools to try and inspire other young people with my story including one at my old club City of Portsmouth AC where it was great to catch up with my old coaches and see the new emerging talent there.
I have just had a very exciting weekend. It was my 19th birthday on Sunday and I competed at The IPC Anniversary Games on London in the 100m. It was amazing to be back in the Olympic Park and it brought back so many incredible memories of London 2012. Whilst there were not as many people as at the Paralympic Games the crowd's support was incredible and I was delighted to win a bronze medal the 100m and reduce my pb. It was also great to be able to share the day with lots of family and friends who came to support me.
I am so lucky to have so many supportive people around me helping me with my training. My coaches Jonas and Julie and their team have worked so hard with me and the rest of my training group are really supportive. I have an amazing sports therapist in Keith Waldon and his team at Up and Running in Portsmouth. Also The Surrey Sports Park have really helped with my Strength and Conditioning training. All this help together with the support of my family and friends have contributed to the improvements in my performances. I could also not be more grateful to all at the Sky Sports Academy for the support they always give me.
I am now taking a short two week break from training to relax and give my body a chance to rest. I am in Mykonos with my family at the moment for week and it is just what I need after a very busy few months. When I return I will start the second phase of my training hopefully towards selection for the IPC World Championships in Doha in October. I am spending 10 days in Tenerife with my coaches in September for some intensive training which will hopefully put me in a good position for selection. Fingers crossed!!!