World Champion Homeward Bound
Teesside’s newest world champion Richard Kilty is enjoying a few days well-earned rest in his home town of Stockton on Tees and reflecting on his victory at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in the 60m sprint at the weekend. Richard a member of Gateshead Harriers AC and Tees Active Sports Academy will be returning to his training base in Loughborough under the guidance of his American coach Rana Reider to prepare for the outdoor season which will see him hopefully competing in The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the European Championships in Zurich, Switzerland.
Richard who has catapulted into the public eye after recording a personal best of 6.49 second to take the world title, realises this is just the start of his international career and wants to establish himself as an international force in the world of sprinting.
A clearly delighted Richard said “Winning gold at the World Championships was absolutely fantastic and it’s great to represent Teesside on an international stage. I would like to thank my supporters who have stuck with me through thick and thin. My focus now is to maintain my form for the outdoor season and continue to run fast”
Allan McDermott, Tees Active Sports Academy Manager said “Richard was part of the first every intake into the Academy in 2006 and last year returned as guest of honour to speak to our latest group on Academy inductees. Richard delivered an insightful talk on his training and attitude to competition which inspired our members who hopefully will aspire to follow in Richards footsteps.” Allan added Richard periodically takes advantage of the services of Teesside Sports Injury Clinic at Billingham Forum who treat all our athletes. when he is back on Teesside.”