Bernice has time on her side in Paris

Bernice Wilson
Bernice Wilson

BERNICE Wilson has set off for the European Indoor Championships confident that her best is still to come.

The Wyberton sprinter told The Standard she thinks she has found the form to break her best 60m sprint time of 7.25secs.

The 26-year-old Wyberton sprinter’s gold rush begins today as she joins the rest of the Great Britain squad as they travel to Paris for this weekend’s championships.

But before she left, Bernice warned her opponents that she is feeling ready to go faster than she ever has before.

“I do still think there’s something there, something more I can do. I’m hoping it’ll come at the Europeans,” she said.

“I don’t feel I’ve reached my full potential over 60m yet. I think I can still bring my time down.”

Despite offering her utmost respect to her fellow competitors, Bernice added that her main goal is to return with a winners’ medal.

She continued: “Because I’ve been running consistently with my times this year, it has made me more confident going into the championships.

“I know it’s still going to be hard, there are a lot of good competitors out there.

“To reach the Europeans is really satisfying, but I’ve not done the hard work yet.

“I’m going there to win.”

Bernice’s time is the joint-eighth fastest in Europe this season, level with Russia’s Olga Belkina.

Ukrainian Olesyah Povh has run the fastest time of the year so far, clocking 7.13 secs.

Other top times this season are: Mariya Ryemyen (UKR) 7.15, Ezinne Okparaebo (NOR) 7.17, Myriam Soumare (FRA) 7.19, Veronique Mang (FRA) 7.19, Yevgeniya Polyakova (RUS) 7.23 and Jodie Williams (GBR) 7.24.

Bernice received her first international call-up at 18, but this weekend’s competition signals her greatest achievement in a sport she has dedicated most of her life to.

It was after winning the flat race at Kirton Primary School’s sports day as a youngster that an onlooker spotted potential and suggested to her father that Bernice should get involved in athletics. As an eight-year-old she joined the now-defunct Friskney Harriers, a long way from her current club Birchfield Harriers.