My niece Jemma is 13 she is a typical 13yr old who loves fashion, makeup and friends. One thing however that makes us all very proud of her is her running ability and achievements. Jemma started running age 9. Quickly she proved she had natural talent when she was asked to compete for her school team and Beith Harriers. Jemma has steely determination, she is self-driven and her attitude towards her running, school work and life in general is an inspiration to others and a role model for the young people of today. Jemma continued to run through a couple of years of ill health due to Glandular Fever. Even when poorly she embraced running opportunities and her passion to do better. This paid off in P7 when she won the school prize for "Most Promising Athlete". Jemma progressed and moved to Kilbarchan Athl Club Under 13's and another achievement to run for Scotland West. Never to be put off she ran for Scotland West at Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh in January in the snow - now that's dedication! In March this year she turned 13 and now runs for Under 15's. Her latest time for the 800m is 2.25 - fab! Garnock Academy where she attends school have just awarded her the prize of "S1 Sports Champion" a reflection of her hard work. To be an Olympic torchbearer seems so apt for Jemma. It'd be a super experience for her and those who look up to her. It would tie in with her desire to keep running and to continue improving so she can achieve her goal of being the best she can.