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Byline: Frank Haynes

FOR the last 20 years cult TV programme Gladiators has entertained the nation with it's action-packed and often brutal series of prime-time challenges.

And now Britain has the programme to thank for delivering us throwing starlet and Daily Record Young Athlete of the Year nominee Kimberley Reed.

The 16-year-old had excelled at swimming and dancing as a youngster but only decided on her sporting speciality two years ago after seeing the Saturday night show.

Reed watched in awe as former Olympic hammer thrower Shirley Webb strutted her stuff as Battleaxe on Gladiators, and the Edinburgh girl's mind was made up to make the hammer her preferred discipline.

Within two months, Reed had won the England Championships and this year she scooped silver at the Commonwealth Youth Games as well as making the final of the World Youth Championships.

The Edinburgh Athletics Club member said: "I was already doing athletics when I saw Shirley Webb on Gladiators.

"She was a hammer thrower so I thought I would give that a go. I contacted the coach I'm with now and he helped me get where I am.

"I won the England Championships when I'd only been throwing for two months, which was quite unbelievable.

"Another highlight was being selected for Great Britain for the World Youth Championships. I got to the final of that so I was really pleased.

"In September I also won a Commonwealth Youth Games silver.

"It's such an honour to know that somebody has recognised my talent and put me forward for this award. I'm really excited about the final result."


HAMMER TIME Kimberley Reed
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 31, 2011
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