Track whizz Wil­liam leaps into lime­light

Sale & Altrincham Advertiser - - NEWS - CHRIS SLATER chris.slater@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @chriss­laterMEN

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.

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