With the new schedule confirmed for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 as being 23 July – 8 August 2021, DMSF athlete Aimee Pratt is back on track to compete, and DMSF will be documenting her exciting journey to the finish line.

Aimee was discovered by DMSF aged 13 and she is supported and coached by DMSF Performance Coach Vicente Modahl.

Now 22, Aimee is at the start of her athletic career and, as a DMSF runner, Aimee has not only committed to reaching the next Olympics, she has already represented the Great Britain senior team at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Hers in an incredible, unique story for someone so young.

Former Wright Robinson School student Aimee joined the foundation after her athletic potential was spotted in 2011. Aimee’s journey has not been straight forward and DMSF has given her a sense of purpose  and renewed career prospects.

Playground to podium

Aimee has consistently demonstrated hard work and dedication, essential components to the formula for success. Backed and supported by DMSF and partners Daintree Wealth Management and more recently the World Class programme from British Athletics and London Marathon, coach and athlete have worked very hard to realise the collective ambition to get to the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games – and it will take more than a global pandemic to stop them.

Diane said: “For most athletes competing in an Olympic Games is their dream, a chance to  compete in the biggest global sporting event in the world, but only a few will ever realise that goal.”

“The path to becoming an Olympian requires more than talent, it requires a deliberate dedication and determination, not just some of the time, but all of the time, of which Aimee has demonstrated since she started with the foundation.  She is an inspiration to her peers which goes beyond sport.”

Coach Vicente said: “When Diane first spotted Aimee she was incredibly excited about the potential shown; fast forward nine years and we truly have an athlete of the future on our hands.

“I am incredibly proud of Aimee; she has already enjoyed considerable success having been ranked England’s and Britains’ top junior steeplechaser in the Under 17, Under 20 and Under 23 age groups between 2015 and 2019. Aimee also competed at both the 2016 Under 20 World Athletics Championship  and 2017, and in the 2019 European Athletics Championship Under 23 3000 metres steeplechase.  In 2019 Aimee won her first senior vest competing in her specialist distance of 3000 metres steeplechase at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha.

“Aimee embodies everything the foundation is about – sport has initially motivated her, empowered her and allowed her to develop the character for a sustainable future.”

The Finish Line

Aimee and Vicente started the run up to Tokyo 2021 in May 2020, making sure the year before the Olympic Games was used to develop her skills even further.

Currently Aimee and Vicente are on training camp in Sierra Nevada, Spain in 2300m altitude at the Spanish Olympic Centre and with no firm confirmations of competitions due to the pandemic, Aimee will compete in the British Athletics Championship at her home track in Manchester on 45th September, competing in both the 1500m and 3000m steeplechase. From there she will continue to develop her endurance and strength training so she can be in the mix for either the European Athletics or World Indoor Athletics Championship in March 2021, before the countdown to the Tokyo 2021 really starts.

With 12-months to go, DMSF will be documenting Aimee’s journey to the finish line, looking at the inspiring story behind the person.

If you would like to offer your support to the next generation of hopeful athletes, please contact johanna@dmsf.co.uk to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

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