Watford Harriers athlete Scarlett Gammell became the National Indoor Athletics Under-17 60m hurdles champion at the England Athletics Championships in Sheffield last weekend.

In her first year competing at Under-17 level, Gammell beat a strong field in Sheffield with a time of 8.74 seconds, putting her 0.06 seconds ahead of second-placed Ella Manning to claim top prize just a year after competing at Under-15 level.

That race came following impressive showings in both the semi-finals, which she won in 8.81 and in her heat, which she finished with a time of 8.68, taking her to the top of the UK rankings.

Following her success, which she described as an “incredible experience,” Gammell says she is now aiming her sights even higher and has her heart set on a future appearance at the Olympic Games.

“The indoor season has gone really well and to win the Nationals was an incredible experience,” she said.

“I have a great hurdles coach Brian Hopkins and sprint coach Pete Griffiths and really good friends in athletics who along with my family provide me with great support. My dream is to compete at the highest level and would love to be in the Olympics.”