A TEENAGE Mansfield athlete hopes to one day win a place in the Great Britain squad after becoming the number one 200m runner in her age category.
Gifted Kaisha Buchanan (13) clocked a superb time of 27.1 over 200m in the recent Notts AC Spring Spruce Open to propel herself to the top of the U13 rankings.
Kaisha is the reigning Nottinghamshire county champion for 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m relay and Inter-county champion for 2011 and the UK number 4 over 100m.
The number one ranking caps a magnificent achievement for the Mansfield Harriers athlete, who has been involved in the sport for just under two years after she won the Mansfield’s Fastest Kid competition.
Delighted step-dad Darren Chamberlain said Kaisha, who attends Samworth Academy, had shown amazing desire to be the best she can.
“Every time she races she wants to get a PB and Kaisha has made excellent progress recently and is continueing to improve all the time,” he said.
“She keeps setting new best times and breaking records at Mansfield Harriers despite being younger than the people who set those records.
“Kaisha has shown excellent desire and enthusiasm. As parents we do not have to push her, she just pushes herself all the way.
“Her ultimate aim to become a pro athlete, it is a dream I think she can achieve.
“She almost just fell into the sport. If she had not entered the Mansfield’s Fastest Kid competition and won a year’s free membership at Mansfield Harriers she probably would not be running today
“Hopefully Kaisha can keep up her progress and one day become a pro athlete.”
Talented Kaisha, who will be defending her Nottinghamshire County Championship title this summer, now hopes to win her place in the elite England Schoolgirls Squad.
To qualify for the squad, which is open to athletes aged 15 and over, Kaisha must hit the 26.4 qualifying time - a target which her coaches believes is well in her grasp.
Added Darren: “Kaisha has got another 18 months to achieve this target and she is only going to get better.
“I think she needs to improve her belief and self-confidence and go into the races not fearing any other athletes. She is getting better at this.
“If Kaisha can get into the England squad it will be a massive achievement for her and will give her a massive boost in her future aspirations.
“The England squad would open up much more financial help and better training facilities.
“We will just have to see what happens in the coming months, but at the moment things are looking good for Kaisha.”