Track whizz William leaps into limelight
IT ALL began at a school sports day for young athletics hopeful William Aldred.
The 15-year-old, who trains in Stretford, raised more than a few eyebrows when he blitzed the competition on the track with teachers urging him to take up the sport.
Four years on, the Stockport youngster has his sights set on medals of a bigger kind after a lightning start to his career.
The pupil at St James’ Catholic High in Cheadle, Stockport, is one the nominees for our sister newspaper the Manchester Evening News ‘ One to Watch’ awards, which recognise the potential sporting stars of the future from our region.
An established youth hurdler, William was named Manchester County Champion, Northern Athletics Champion and Greater Manchester Schools Champion in the under-15s category of the 80m hurdles.
He was recognised in the UK Athletics ‘Power of 10’, along with his coach Derek Fraser, after recording a personal best time of 11.33 seconds.
He has been a member of Trafford Athletics Club for four years, training four times a week, competing in the Youth Development League and he also helped them to gain promotion last year.
Last year he scooped a bronze medal in the England Athletics Championships in Bedford in the under-17 men’s 100m hurdles.
He is also the Greater Manchester Schools’ Champion and Greater Manchester County Champion in the same event. This year he is aiming to win some golds in the 100m hurdles, as well as being selected for the Sainsbury’s School Games.
His mum, Lydia, who nominated him for the award, says he wants to make it to the top.
She said: “He’s done so well, we’re all ready proud of him. I think he’s surprised himself how well he’s done in such a short space of time.
“He’s really dedicated and trains really hard. He’s got really big ambitions, he wants to go all the way to the top and compete at the Olympics.
“He’s got a long way to go but if she shows kind of dedication he has already we all believe he can get there.”
The Manchester Evening News has teamed up with the 2015 Swim, Bike, Run and Triathlon Expos for the One to Watch award.
The Run Expo kickedoff at EventCity near the Trafford Centre on Friday, March 20, lasting for two days. Swimming star Rebecca Adlington was among the big names to speak at the event.
Visit www.runexpo. co.uk for further details.