A Worksop girl has announced her arrival on the national athletics scene with a double medal haul at the Welsh Championships.
Sprint queen Sophie Mills became Welsh Under 15 100m champion and took silver in the 200m at Swansea.
The Worksop Harrier, who qualified for the championships through her Welsh mother, won her 100m heat in 13:32, before winning the final in 13:11 to be crowned Welsh National Champion.
In the 200m she was second in her heat in a time of 28:42, and ran 26:97 to claim silver in the final.
Proud dad Brian told the Guardian the medals were just rewards for her performances on the track this year.
“My wife Tegwen and I are so proud of Sophie’s achievements this season.”
“It truly has been a season to remember and now she has the medals to show for it.”
A national title isn’t simply earned through one big performance, however, and Brian highlighted his daughter’s support network and their role in her success.
“It’s been a team effort, and we want to thank all the coaches at Worksop Harriers – it’s a great club.”
“And we have to say a special thank you to Mike Cooke, her coach at Doncaster Athletics Club with whom she has been training for the last 16 months.”
Mills was part of the Notts 4 x 100m relay squad who reached the English Schools Championships final at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, finishing fourth.
And this season saw her set new personal best times in the 100m, 200m and 300m.
Mills’ Welsh national 100m title will sit alongside her South Yorkshire 300m crown and number one ranking in the East Midlands for that distance.