Ffion Jenkins

Ffion Jenkins

Age: 18
Location: West Wales
Years in athletics: 10
Occupation: Student
Athletics involvement: Athlete (400mh), Timekeeper, Marksman, Team Manager

I was first introduced to athletics on a muddy field in my primary school and soon joined my local club. Although I started as a cross country runner, I was keen to try out as many branches of the sport as I could and my passion for athletics continues to grow.

At the age of 13, I decided to give coaching a go as part of my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's award but ended up gravitating towards officiating once the season started. After a couple of disastrous sand raking attempts it was decided that timekeeping would be my thing!

Over the past 5 years, Athletics has very much been my stress-buster and I have continued to take up more roles, finding that not only am I able to spend more time in my favourite sport, but I’m also developing interpersonal and  organisational skills that will be useful to me in the future. At the time of writing this I am studying for my A Levels, with an offer to study medicine in uni  next year, where I hope to continue my involvement.

I joined the Athletics Youth Advisory Group as I know how much of a positive impact athletics can have for people of all ages and I wanted to help improve and expand the sport so more people can benefit and be supported at all levels. I am most looking forward to working with equally passionate people to change our sport for the better.