EMERGE Sports athlete Mica Moore bolstered her chances of securing her place in the Wales squad for next year’s Commonwealth Games last weekend, by claiming the Welsh 100m title at the Cardiff International Sports Stadium on Saturday. Mica beat Birchfield Harriers teammate Melissa Roberts on the line to secure her first gold at the Welsh Championships.
Her time of 11.69 seconds was a personal best, and whilst Mica currently sits just outside of the individual qualification standards, she has boosted her chances of a second consecutive Commonwealth Games appearance as part of Wales’ 4x100m team.
Claiming the top spot on the podium is the culmination of a lot of hard work after a tough couple of years off the track for Mica; speaking to BBC Sport, she said: “I knew it was going to be tough but the season has gone well. The last two years have been difficult through injury and illness so I am glad to be back in some kind of form.”
Last weekend’s victory marked the start of a very busy period for Mica, as she pursues her goal of competing at both next year’s Commonwealth Games and the Winter Olympics, where she is aiming to represent Team GB in the bobsleigh pair; a task that Mica herself knows is challenge, but not impossible.
Mica has recently returned to bobsleigh training ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next February. If successful in her bid for Commonwealth Games qualification, Mica will join Team Wales just two months later, as the competition takes place from 4-15 April on Australia’s Gold Coast.
The two sports share very similar physical attributes, which is a huge benefit for Mica: “The bobsleigh work is helping my athletics start and given me a lot more power there. The running is helping my bobsleigh in terms of keeping up with the sled,” she told BBC Sport.
“It’s such an exciting time and I am looking forward to what’s happening in the next year.”
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