Love of Athletics – Janet Richard

When introduced to athletics, I immediately fell in love with the sport. I have been training for 2 years under the direction of my dedicated coach Zeljko Aras who recognised my passion for athletics and helped me to improve in this field.

I attend the Convent of the Sacred Heart School in St. Julian’s. This school promotes sports and athletics from a very young age; in fact this was the place that introduced me to various disciplines, including the basic skills of athletics.

My main ambition is to continue to improve my performance to be able to represent Malta abroad. I also would consider it a great privilege to represent Malta in the small nations games.

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Photo courtesy of Wally Galea

My greatest satisfaction was when I participated ithe Brno European kids athletics games last September where I placed 3rd in the 300m race. Another satisfaction is when I recently broke my 60 seconds barrier in the 400m. I am also very honoured to have qualified for the COJI games that took place last May

My favourite international athlete is the amazing Alyson Felix, whilst my favourite local athletes are the extremely talented Diane Borg and Nicole Gatt.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my coach Zeljko Aras and also my mother for their patience and support because if it weren’t for them I definitely would not have achieved what I have so far!