Athlete Profile: Bethany Mead

Bethany Mead

Age: 14

Town: Whitby

Sport: Soccer

  1. How did you get involved with your sport? How old were you? I started playing football in my local village at the age of 6, I got involved with a boy’s team in Middlesbrough at the age of 7. Things moved on from there.

 

  1. Where do you train? I train at Eston sports complex in Middlesbrough and in my local village at the sports field.

 

  1. Describe a typical week in your sporting life (how many times you train, how long you train for etc.) I train Mondays and Thursdays and play games on a Saturday during the season. Each training session lasts for one and a half hours. I also have a weekly training programme supplied by the FA that includes speed and strength work and aerobic-based programmes.

 

  1. What is your greatest sporting achievement so far? Being selected to play for England U15s against Germany in Germany, in August 2009.

 

  1. When is your next big competition? What are you doing to prepare for this? The friendly against Germany and there will be more training camps throughout the year. I am training hard to keep my fitness and strength up.

 

  1. What are your sporting goals and dreams? To play for my country at all age levels and play for a team in the English Ladies Premier League. My biggest dream would be to play in the World Cup Finals.

 

  1. Who is your sporting hero and why? Wayne Rooney is my sporting hero. His movement and team play is excellent. He is good to watch to pick up his tricks and his awareness of what’s going on around him.

 

  1. How do you cope with nerves before a big competition? I think positively and think about closing the opposition down straight away.

 

  1. What do you enjoy most about being an athlete? Meeting people and travelling, keeping fit and doing the sport I love.

 

 

  1. Who is your biggest supporter and why? My parents. They give up a lot to run me to training sessions and games, and helping me with my training.

 

Please list your key sporting achievements including the date:

 

2005-07 – Captaining my girls team to 2 consecutive League and Cup doubles, and finishing League top scorer 2 years running.

 

2007 – Scoring 5 goals at an England talent identification camp

 

Feb 2008 – Being selected at the age of 12 to train with England U15s.

 

Nov 2008 – Winning U14s Scarborough ad District Sports Development Award.

 

Jan 2009 – Awarded a Certificate of Achievement in Sport, presented by Ray Mallon, Middlesbrough Town Mayor.

 

2009 – Scoring 34 goals in 19 appearances for Middlesbrough Centre of Excellence.

 

June 2009 – Being selected to play for England against Germany.

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