Anglian Home Improvements are supporting athletes in preparation for the Olympic games 2012, including this young hopeful, Shelayna Oskan.
I spoke to 21 year old Shelayna yesterday to help us get to know her a little better.
How long have you been running?
I have been running since the age of 14 for school and my club (Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow), but became serious at the age of 17.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
I was the under 20 National Champion indoors and outdoors in 2008. I also recently was declared the South of England Champion for the 400m and represented England in the Loughborough International 4x400m, finishing 1st.
Do you have any pre-race rituals to help you win?
No, I don’t have any pre-race rituals, it can become too psychological and may hinder my performance as situations are always changing and you have to be able to adapt.
Who is your idol?
I do not have a specific idol. I try to take the positive values and belief aspects from people I meet in daily life, and integrate them into my lifestyle to make me a better person, and athlete, and I do not aspire to be like anybody, just the best I can be.
Where and what have you been studying?
I graduated from Brunel University this year with a degree in Sports Science.
Thank you very much Shelayna for the interview, here is an update about your training.
Training this month has been a shock to the system; I started back in the middle of October from the end of season break, so these past weeks have been focusing on improving basic fitness. Amazingly, my fitness levels have come back quickly and with now being back to winter training It has allowed me to successfully exert myself in muddy hill, fartlek sessions and start the important training that will improve my speed for the competition season.
This month’s training has been very difficult for me and my training group because it has been all about overloading the muscles and working through the pain barrier to pull you through. You can only get better! I am looking forward to next month’s training because I can already feel the improvements and the sessions will become even more specific to my event and will focus on the areas to meet my goals ( it will still be very painful though).