Jazmin Sawyers might have just enjoyed her best ever season but she has bad news for her rivals, insisting things can only get better as she prepares to rub shoulders with London 2012 golden girl Jessica Ennis.
The 18-year-old’s decision to put the brakes on a promising bobsleigh career – she won silver at the Winter Youth Olympics in January – seemed to pay dividends this year as she also left her mark in athletics circles.
The former Millfield School pupil made herself known to her more senior rivals as she finished top of the pile in the long jump in the McCain Challenge Series, the country’s premier domestic athletics series, with 835 points from just four meets.
She also claimed gold at June’s England Under-20 Championships but it wasn’t just her domestic rivals that were feeling the heat, Sawyers going on to claim World Junior Championship bronze a month later.
A change of scenery for Sawyers next year might mean we could expect a dip in her performances as she prepares for life at the University of Sheffield and attempts to juggle training with a law and criminology degree.
But considering she will be training with Toni Minichiello and his star pupil, Olympic heptathlon champion Ennis, Sawyers doesn’t think keeping up her high standards will be a problem at all.
"I have had a massively successful season and everything went as well as I could have hoped for really," she said.
"In the end I was probably a little bit disappointed that I didn’t jump further but I think that was because I completed all the targets that I set at the beginning of the season and I kept setting new ones.
"I was so pleased to finish top of my domestic rivals in the McCain Challenge Series just as much as getting my world junior bronze because that shows you are performing consistently well.
"Next year I am going to university so it will take time to adjust but I will be training with Toni Minichiello so hopefully it can help me improve further and I really want to do more stuff in the seniors.
"Everything is there for me to achieve that and the set up is spot on and I will have such a strong group around me, including Jess, so it will be amazing and I am excited about what it could do for me."
Sawyers clearly enjoyed the surroundings at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona as she jumped a new personal best of 6.67m to occupy the final step of the podium.
That was good enough to place her fourth in the senior British rankings and was only eight centimetres off the Olympic A standard, all of which points to a bright future for the teenager.
"My personal best was only just short of the Olympic A standard, which at my age is a really good sign," she added.
"I also set it at the big competition of the year and I love the big occasions so that bodes well for the future too.
"The more people attending the better I jump so I would say I am a championship performer and hopefully that continues next year."
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