Shelayna Oskan-Clarke was one of the first two athletes to receive the BASC Rising Star Award for her breakthrough performances at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing. Shelayna wrote this response for the next edition of Backtrack. Here is an excerpt…
“Competing in the Beijing World Championships was an unbelievable experience, just being an able to participate in such an exciting and intense environment was incredible and lining up on the track to challenge the best girls in the world and feeling like you belong. You could sense the feeling of this is it, this is the moment you have been working towards and you want to execute the race you have planned and be ready to react to any changes.
Record numbers for the BASC Annual Dinner Weekend were rewarded by a glittering array of athletes past, present and future in attendance. The overwhelming view from members is that these weekends just get better and better!
The highlight of the weekend was, as you would imagine, the Annual Dinner on the Saturday evening. Olympic medallist and club patron, Katharine Merry, oversaw proceedings which lived up to her promise of providing ‘a fun evening’. There was much laughter, but also great insights into the lives, achievements and hopes of some of the top British athletes.
Having been to London 2012 and Glasgow 2014, it was now time to try the IAAF world championships. This time round it was in Beijing. The bird’s nest stadium. For me, this is the home of athletics and where it all begun, having watched Usain Bolt back in 2008. It only felt right to hop on a 10 hour flight to see the spectacular unfold.
Staff at Track and Field Tours were lovely, making me feel very comfortable. They provided excursions and sightseeing trips in between the athletics events, giving people opportunity to see some of the world’s most famous sights. I couldn’t have asked for a better organiser of the trip. If you want all the hassle of planning a trip taken away from you, along with flexibility to be independent once there, I’d thoroughly recommend Track and Field Tours.
Sunday at the Anniversary Games can mean only one thing, it was time to #meetthesuperhumans as the IPC Grand Prix Final took centre stage. The athletes didn't let an appreciative crowd down either with a stream of superb performances, many of them record breaking. including world records.
Highlights from the afternoons action included:
In complete contrast to the previous day's weather, the athletes and crowd bathed in glorious summer sunshine. However, the sun wasn't the only thing to shine in the Olympic Stadium as both British and overseas athletes served up another day of highlights, these included: