Name of athlete: Harriet Chiluyi
Event (Competition): Discus
High School: Moi Girls High School
Fun Fact: Likes eating Rice, Cabbage, and Meat
Harriet Chiluyi is strong enough to win gold at the IAAFU18 Championships
The IAAF World U18 Championships is an international event that brings together athletes from all over the world who are 17 years old or younger. It is such a clear cut definition of what the championships stand for. However, for world renowned athletes like Usain Bolt, championships such as these are the first opportunity to shine on a global stage; the first foray into athletics that goes beyond their national borders.
What does this mean for 16-year-old Harriet Chiluyi, in our third athlete profile? It is an opportunity to prove to herself that her dreams of winning gold now and in the future are valid.
Just for the record, what event are you participating in?
I am participating in the discus event.
What does a typical day training for the U18 Championships look like for you?
We do a lot of training and it’s not just the normal training, this is intense training. I’ve never trained this hard before. I am also doing gym and aerobic classes to increase strength and balance.
What is the one thing that differentiates you from your contemporaries in the U18 Championships and what advantage do you have over them?
I know that I am bold and strong. I think it’s something that gives me an advantage over the other athletes. I have also been winning my competitions since I joined Team Kenya in 2016. I came in at number three after the trial competitions; which are usually tough enough. That has given me enough motivation and the courage to believe in my future goals.
What do you enjoy most about athletics?
The chance it gives me to win a gold medal and the money that I can use to help my parents.