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Athletics: Newham’s Agyapong shortlisted for award

PUBLISHED: 10:05 07 November 2017

Newham & Essex Beagles Finette Agyapong has been shortlisted for a One to Watch award (pic British Athletics/Athletics Images)

Newham & Essex Beagles Finette Agyapong has been shortlisted for a One to Watch award (pic British Athletics/Athletics Images)

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Newham & Essex Beagles Finette Agyapong has been shortlisted for SportsAid’s One to Watch award.

Currently studying a law degree at Brunel University, Agyapong is training for the Commonwealth Games after being selected for England’s 4x400m relay squad.

And the European under-23 champion at 200m, with a personal best of 22.86secs, she is delighted to be nominated.

“A lot of people don’t see how much work you put in as an athlete, they just see the finished product,” said the 20-year-old, who receives SportsAid support from Caesars Entertainment.

“It’s difficult balancing my degree and training. I’ve got my dissertation and coursework on top of everything. I’ve got exams at the end of the year, there’s a lot going on so it’s about time management and getting everything done as soon as possible – especially because Commonwealths are next year.

“I didn’t expect it, I knew about the awards and some of the people who’ve been shortlisted in the past but I never thought I’d be one of those athletes.

“I actually train by myself at university – I’ve been doing that for the past two years because my coach is on the other side of London.”

Agyapong is one of ten nominees selected from over 1,000 rising British stars supported by SportsAid across more than 60 different sports and added: “This year has been above and beyond what I expected. It’s weird to think without the funding, none of this would have happened but because of the support it’s been really good.

“It’s so important to have the support of SportsAid. I’m expecting Commonwealths to be amazing, I’ll hopefully gain good experience competing at such a high level.

“I’m hoping I’ll learn from the other athletes, because I’ll be around some experienced people and that’s who I want to be around.”

*The winner of SportsAid’s prestigious One-to-Watch Award will be revealed at the charity’s annual SportsBall in London on Thursday 23 November. All funds raised from the SportsBall help to support the next generation of British athletes. Visit sportsball.org.uk for ticket information.

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