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Newham’s Head excited for School Games

PUBLISHED: 12:32 27 August 2015 | UPDATED: 12:32 27 August 2015

Katie Head and brother Thomas

Katie Head and brother Thomas

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Beagles athlete back from hand injury

Newham & Essex Beagles hammer thrower Katie Head admits she can’t wait to get going at this year’s Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games after successfully recovering from a hand injury.

Head, the daughter of former Great Britain hammer thrower Paul Head, will be representing the South East after storming back to full fitness following a broken hand suffered in April.

It left her on the sidelines for almost two months although the Beagles athlete managed to sustain her fitness by working out a lot on her upper body and legs, plus carrying the hammer in the other hand.

It leaves Head full of confidence going into her first ever appearance at the Sainsbury’s School Games in Manchester – a multi-sport event for the UK’s elite young athletes of school age which takes place from September 3-6.

And with her father, an Olympian for Great Britain at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, offering her guidance, help and training, Head is determined to show what she can do.

“It feels really good to participate in the School Games as it will be a good experience,” she said.

“I am really excited to compete against such great people.

“The Games are massively important to me as it is one of the season’s major competitions.

“I get inspired when I train with my father as he passes his experience and teaches me how to deal with pressure.”

Head is determined to move to the professional level like her dad and received plenty of motivation while watching the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

And she is not the only one looking to carry on her father’s legacy as brother Tom also trains with the former athlete.

Head is setting her sights high, though, and added: “I want to become a professional athlete, go to the Olympics and go further than my father.”

*The Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games, supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, takes place in Manchester from September 3-6.

Visit 2015schoolgames.com for more information.


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