Name: Louise Victoria Hazel
Date of Birth: 6th October 1985
Place of Birth: Southwark, London
Eye Colour: Hazel (they are brown really)
Club: Birchfield Harriers
Personal Best: 6166 points
I am a twenty seven year old International Heptathlete and University of Birmingham Graduate in French Studies. I have had frequent appearances as part of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Athletics Team since the tender age of fifteen. As a Birchfield Harrier, I train six times weekly at Birmingham’s High Performance Centre which is based at the Alexander Stadium, Perry Barr.
My Senior Debut came in 2006 at the European Championships, Sweden. On the first day of competition, I was lined up against former Olympic Champion Carolina Kluft for the 100m hurdles and 200m where I completed both races in personal best times. I ended the competition with a performance of 5892 points, ranking me 11th Best British Heptathlete Ever! Which earned me the reputation of being an athlete that rises to the big occasions and reinforces my belief that;
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog!”Mark Twain
Following on from this success, I moved to France as part of my course at university, where I trained with the national decathlon squad. Unfortunately, the change of direction proved too much as my year was plagued by injury and I was unable to repeat the form I had shown in 2006.
2008 proved to be a testing year and a turning point in my life. Still struggling with injury, and trying to cope with bereavement, my Lottery Funding was withdrawn, all whilst trying to successfully complete my final year exams. My dream of competing at the Olympic Games in Bejing was shattered!
However, true to my nature I came bouncing back in 2009, twice as strong and twice as hungry. I smashed my personal best heptathlon score by 150 points and booked myself a flight to the World Championships in Berlin, where I enjoyed the most amazing athletics experience and finished in 14th place, an achievement which seemed unattainable just 12 months before!
In 2010 I missed out on the European Championships as I failed to secure the qualification standard of 6100 points. Rather than chase the standard I wanted to focus on my high jump in order to try and secure a medal at the Commonwealth games in Delhi.
A few months later I became the Commonwealth Heptathlon Gold Medallist; having improved my high jump and achieved four personal best performances in the 100m hurdles, 200m, long jump and the javelin, i finally went on to win the Gold Medal with 6156 points, a new personal best score!