Talented Emma in for the long run

Saint Aidan's Technology College student Emma Holden, who will take part in the International Youth Games this summer
Saint Aidan's Technology College student Emma Holden, who will take part in the International Youth Games this summer

A budding Wyre triathlete will compete in the International Youth Games this summer.

15-year-old Emma Holden recently returned from a triathlon training camp in Cyprus in preparation for the competition to be held in Aalborg Denmark in July.

It is a busy time for the Saint Aidan’s Technology College pupil who is currently balancing her training around her studies.

She said: “Training is going well and I am confident I will be at my peak fitness for the games.

“The International Youth Games are what I am working towards because it’s my main race of the year.”

Emma says she has manages her hectic training and study programme with the support of her parents, both long-distance runners, who have also mentored her as an all-round athlete.

She added: “They offered support and empathy in my training routines. They have been running for a long time and do much longer running distances than me so I can learn a lot from them about endurance. They are so supportive and I couldn’t do what I do without them.”

As well as her dedicated training week in Cyprus, Emma also gives up evenings and weekends to train with local running clubs.

It leaves her very little time for anything other than sport but she says it is her one true commitment.

The International Youth Games, held every four years, will run from June 30 to July 4.

There are teams from five countries taking part hosts Aalborg, Denmark, Lancaster and Milton Keynes from England; Rendsburg and Rathenrow, Germany; Väjöx, Sweden and Happsalu, Estonia.