A West Midlands-based BT employee is leaving the comfort of her office to take on the world!
Lorna Foster, from Birmingham, is in training for the World Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships in South Korea in March.
The 53-year-old is set to compete in the shot putt, hammer and discus.
Lorna, who is a member of the Royal Sutton Coldfield Athletics Club, spends her working day on the worldwide web – now she’s hoping to make an impact on a different sort of world stage.
The BT project manager said: “Representing my country will be a dream come true and an honour.”
Lorna is keen to hear from any organisations that might be interested in sponsoring her. She has to fund all travel, accommodation and food costs herself, which will total several thousand pounds. Anyone interested in supporting Lorna can make a donation via her weblink: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lorna-warner-3
In 2014, Lorna was picked to be one of the faces of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and her determined face featured in an exhibition around the venue.
Lorna has notched up a string of awards since taking up athletics as a teenager, but she says competing at the highest level as a masters athlete, takes a different type of dedication.
She said: “Most people find things harder as they get older, so I have to be really focussed. Competing in the World Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships in Daegu will be a dream come true.
“I was an extremely keen athlete during my school days and represented England as a junior in international competitions and Birchfield Harriers in the senior league as a shot putter and pentathlete.
“Then I decided to have a break from competitive sport, but continued to keep fit.
“When the opportunity came along to take part in the Masters Athletics League for the Royal Sutton Coldfield Athletics Club, I jumped at the chance - and I’ve never looked back.”
Lorna’s other recent achievements include:
- Second in the British Masters Athletics Championships 2016 for Discus
- Welsh Masters Champion 2016 for Shot
- Scottish Athletics National Masters Champion 2016 for Shot
- Scottish Athletics National Masters Champion 2016 for Discus.
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