6 October 2021
Bedford Girls’ School Upper Sixth student capped off a superb season by becoming a double gold medalist at the British Schools International Match at the Moorways Athletics Stadium, Derby on Saturday 25th September.
Following her impressive silver medal winning performance at the School Games at Loughborough University, the Bedford and County athlete won the U17 Girls 80m hurdles and 4x100m team relay. In a highly competitive hurdles final, Etienne ran a stunning race to finish more than four tenths of a second ahead of second place, in a time of 11.04 seconds – a time which ranks her 2nd in the UK this year, and 7th on the UK U17 all-time rankings.
Etienne reflected on her achievement: “I was extremely happy to end my season with my first ever win at an international competition. The Schools International competition provided me with another great experience that I can take into the under 20 age group.
“Going into the race, I was set on winning, especially after coming so close in the School Games; I was delighted I was able to put together my best hurdles race when it mattered most. I am grateful for the opportunities my hard work has provided me with this year and I aim to continue this into next season.”
Bedford Girls’ School PE teacher, Mrs Milton said: “We are super proud of this recent success for Etienne. Training for athletics is not easy and requires a great deal of perseverance. Races don’t always go the way you want, but on this occasion it did. Hard work, focus and dedication paid off. Many congratulations.”