TALENTED Limerick teenage athlete Jenna Bromell is setting her sights on this summer’s World Junior Athletics Championships after a highly successful indoor season.
Bromell, who turns 19 next month, broke the Irish junior indoor record for the 400metres, when a blistering run of 54.19 seconds saw her claim gold at the national championships held in Athlone at the end of January.
That record-breaking performance earned the UL student the Limerick Young Sports Star Award for January.
First year chemical engineering student Bromell is from Ballyneety but now lives in Castetroy.
Jenna Bromell said: “I am enjoying studying at UL. I combine the training with the study.
“It can be difficult to fit everything in with the time limit. I have to divide it up and organise myself between the training and studying. If I am not training I am studying and vica versa.
“I haven't started my outdoor season yet. I am training hard and hopefully when I come out to compete in two weeks time, I will be in good form and hopefully eventually manage to get a PB this season before going to the World Junior Championships in Poland in mid-July.
“I got all my qualifying standards for the Worlds indoors and I could relax after that, focus on going back training. It was a good preparation.”
Bromell just missed out in the 400m final spot after finishing 10th overall when running a personal best time at the 23rd European Junior Athletics Championships in Eskilstuna, Sweden last summer. A keen athlete for close on a decade, she 's now looking forward to the next phase of her career.
"I have ran with Emerald AC all my career, from the time I have been 10. I was 600m and 800m before, but I came down in distance to the 400m to get some speed. Hopefully, I will go back up eventually.”
Jenna Bromell is coached by Noelle Morrissey and her training partners include Sarah Lavin.