28 July 2017

Athlete Amy Platten, who is part of a young athletes programme run by the University of Hertfordshire, has won a gold medal at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Gyor, Hungary on Tuesday 25 July 2017.

The European Youth Olympics welcomes approximately 2500 athletes from 50 European countries between the ages of 14 to 18, whom compete across 10 different sports.

Amy, who lives in St Albans and attends Beaumont School, won gold in the GB Judo under 44kg girls’ event after executing a perfect throw in the final. She is currently ranked 8th in the world and 2nd in Britain.

Amy is part of the Hertfordshire Talented Athlete Programme which is run by the University of Hertfordshire and funded by the Hertfordshire Sports Village and Lee Valley National Park.

The programme is run at the University’s Sport Village and supports young talented athletes who are 13-18 years old from Hertfordshire. It provides access to Strength and Conditioning, Physiotherapy, as well as athlete education workshops on a range of topics such as nutrition and sport psychology.

Amy said: “The gold was the goal obviously, but I didn’t really think of it. I just wanted to take it fight by fight. When I got to the final, I thought this is it, I am going for gold, I don’t want a silver…I want gold. The semi-final was tough but I beat her tactically. I am just so happy and proud of myself, I worked so hard. Now, I have to cheer-on the rest of the team.”

Hannah Darling, Performance Sport and Scholarships Manager at the University of Hertfordshire, said: “Amy is one of the most dedicated and hardworking athletes we have on the Hertfordshire Talented Athlete programme. It’s a great feeling seeing her hard work pay off. Keep an eye on Amy there is definitely more to come from her!”