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Case study: Afoma Ofor

25th December, 2018

Keep an eye out for our FAST Fund athlete Afoma Ofor over the next few years – because she’s aiming to sprint her way to world records and into the Olympic Games!

Middlesbrough AC’s (Mandale) speed merchant idolises the late long-time women’s 100m and 200m world record holder Florence Griffith-Joyner and admits she’d love to run even faster one day.

Fourteen-year-old Afoma has already shown she’s an athlete to look out for as she reaches for the top – with a little help from our FAST Fund backing.

The Trinity Catholic College pupil’s sparkling results include 100m Northern Area Championships gold and fifth place in the 200m final at the National Under 15 Championships in Bedford after coming second in her heat.

She also competes over 60m.

We’re delighted to see Afoma doing so well after giving her £650 for equipment and transport to competitions, and she fully intends to keep running as fast as she can with the word’s best competitions and times her eventual target.

“I like all the sprints, but 100m is my favourite as I progress faster and have had the best results, and hopefully I can represent England over the next couple of years and ultimately go to the Olympics,” she said.

Afoma added: “I’d like to say a big thanks to the FAST Fund for helping me.

“I’m really grateful that they made everything possible.

“It really helped me and meant my family could come and support me, which made a big difference.”

Visit to find out more about our Financial Assistance for Sportspeople on Teesside fund.

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