Hetty Bartlett finished an incredible sixth in the T37/38 final at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, infront of 33,000 people.
The 31-year-old previous came sixth in the rearranged 2020 Tokyo Paralympics when competing in long jump event, however Bartlett switched sports for the Commonwealth Games and ran a brilliant personal best time in the semi-finals, before running a great race to finish sixth in the final.
We caught up with Hetty to chat about her amazing opportunity to represent Team England at the Commonwealth Games and how the experience was.
Q.) You finished sixth in the 2022 Commonwealth Games T37/38 100m final in front of a packed crowd in Birmingham – just describe that experience for us?
A.) The experience was just amazing. Coming out to a packed stadium of 33.000 people was just incredible. The crowd gave me goosebumps it was amazing. The noise in the stadium was nothing I had heard before it’s something I will never forget. It was incredible.
Q.) The race was of such high quality with Olivia Breen, Sophie Hahn and Rhiannon Clarke winning the medals – were you happy with your own personal performance?
A.) Everyone did amazing and they should all be proud of themselves. The Birmingham Commonwealth Games was my first Commonwealth Games and I ran my personal best in the heats and came third with qualifying to the final which I was over the moon with, and I came sixth in the final. I am so happy with my performance of course I would of liked a little more but to run a personal best in my heat and qualified for the final, then to come sixth at my first Commonwealth Games, I am very happy.
Q.) You have previously competed in Long Jump, are you likely to stay sprinting or mix between the two disciplines?
A.) I have always done long jump and sprints and will carry on doing long jump and sprints.
Q.) What are your goals ahead of the 2024 Paris Paralympics?
A.) My next goals are worlds in Paris next year and World Championships the year after in Kobe, and then the Paralympic Games in Paris.
Q.) Did the atmosphere and brilliant experience in Birmingham inspire you to achieve more in your athletics career?
A.) The atmosphere and the amazing experience of the commonwealth games has 100% inspired me to achieve more in my athletics career. This is just the beginning for me I have so much more in me 😊
Q.) CP Sport are running an athletics ‘Have A Go Day’ event in Doncaster on 20th August – people can come along and try frame running, throwing, jumping and more. Would you encourage people to sign up and give all the different sports a go?
A.) I would 100% encourage people to come to the Have A Go Day event at Doncaster on the 20th August to give all sports ago. It’s a fun day out and there 100% a sport out there for everyone so definitely come along to see what your good at and to have some fun.
To sign up for our Athletics event in Doncaster on Saturday 20th August, follow the link.