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Full Name: Joey Duck
Age: 14
Event: 100m, 200m
Club: Milton Keynes AC
Coach: Ian Russell

Personal Bests:

60m Indoors
7.78 25/26 Jan 2003 NIA, Birmingham, GBR
100m Indoors      
200m Indoors      
100m  11.79 25 May 2003 Watford, GBR
200m 24.06 12 July 2003 Sheffield, GBR


Joey took away 2 gold medals from the SEAA Under 20 Championships in Watford on 25/6 May 2002 for the 100m and 200m, after winning both heats.

Joey took the silver in the Junior Girls' English Schools 200m at the Harvey Haddon Stadium in Nottingham. 


Her record this year was amazing: 42 starts, 42 victories, including the English Schools Junior Girls 200m and the Norwich Union Under 15 Girls 100m and 200m; and the fastest UK times of the year in her age group for 100m (11.79), placing her second on the all-time list to Katharine MERRY, and 200m (24.06), which puts her fourth on the all-time list.

Joey took the Gold at the AAA U20 Indoor Champs in Birmingham on 25/26 January 2003. She ran 7.78 in the final, 0.01 outside uk:a all-time top ten rankings.

Starting at home on 26th April, for the Southern Women's League it was two wins out of two recording 12.1 for the 100m and 25.0 for the 200m. In May Joey won both the 100m and 200m in the opening National Young Athletes’ League match at Abingdon and a week later became the Buckinghamshire County Champion at 100m and 200m. 

However, it was at the end of May in the South of England Championships where Joey blasted the 100m to record 11.79 in her heat to set the second fastest UK time ever, bettered only by Katherine Merry in 1989. Although Joey was slightly slower in the final, her unbeaten trail continued, made all the better by taking the 200m title as well, recording 24.31 in the Final. 

More wins came in June, including the Northants Schools’ and Schools’ Inter-Counties 200m titles and the 100m and 200m in the second National Young Athletes’ League match. Obviously the big occasion is good for Joey because it was at the English Schools’ Championships in Sheffield that she won her heat and semi-final in the 200m, before searing to the fourth-best-ever time for a UK Under 15 Girl with 24.06 to win yet another title. 

By August Joey was slowing a little but so was the opposition and no one could surpass her at the AAA Under 15 Championships where she added the 100m and 200m titles to the now rapidly expanding trophy cabinet, with times of 12.07 and 24.74. Just a week later Joey added the South of England Inter-Counties 100m and 200m titles for good measure, at an almost pedestrian pace, at least for her) of 12.81 and 25.51. Finally in September Joey rounded off the season with the last round of the Southern Women's League with wins in the 100m and 200m in 12.4 and 25.3, helping the team to stay in the first division.

Joey is ranked number one in Europe in her age group at 200m and number one in the UK for 100m. Her lightning-quick times have set her apart from the rest.

Joey recently recorded 11.79 for the 100m, placing her second on the UK all-time under-15 list. She also won the English Schools (Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield) 200m in 24.06 - the fastest time recorded for 14 years. 

  • Joey Duck ran the second fastest time ever recorded by an U15 girl in the UK when she broke a long standing record (1974) in the 100m.  She qualifies for the World Junior Championships but is too young at 14 to be picked for the GB Team!

"Third Fastest 100 metres U20 in Europe this year"

  • Joey Duck ran the second fastest time ever recorded by an U15 girl in the UK when she broke a long standing record (1974) in the 100m.  She qualifies for the World Junior Championships but is too young at 14 to be picked for the GB Team!

"Fifth Fastest 200 metres U20 in Europe this year"

  • She was fourth equal in the all-time GB ranking for the 200m. 
  • Her relay team came second, in which she represented the Great Britain Juniors (U20s) 4 x 100m at Bedford International Games.

Her incredible year ended with Joey being one of three youngsters from all sports to be nominated for BBC Young Sports Personality 2003.

"I couldn't believe it when I made it to the top ten let alone the top three," said Joey, who studies at Northampton High School. She has been with Milton Keynes AC since she was 11 and now trains three times a week, including attending a talent academy every week at Loughborough University. Her 24.06 seconds 200m pushed Amy Spencer down to fifth in the UK all-time standings.

Club spokesman Ian Russell said: "We're all thrilled at the recognition Joey has received – it's recognition for the Club as well. Joey is very focused and has always had remarkable speed."

Over the past year 14-year-old Joey Duck has proved she's certainly not out of her depth when it comes to 100m and 200m sprints. In fact, over these distances, she's the fastest UK runner for her age with best times of 11.79 and 24.06 on the stopwatch.

Joey has been undefeated for 42 races winning at numerous competitions including the AAA Under 15 Championships, the Southern Women's League and the National Young Athletes League.

This success lead to Joey being one of 10 youngsters nominated for BBC Young Sports Personality 2003.

"I couldn't believe it when I made it to the top 10 let alone the top three," said Joey, who attends Northampton High School.

Joey started training with Milton Keynes Athletic Club when she was 11 and now trained three times a week, including attending a talent academy every week in Loughborough.

The award is now in its third year and previous winners have gone on to become big names in the sporting world. Running star Amy Spencer received the title in 2001 and last year was the turn of England footballer Wayne Rooney.

Milton Keynes Athletics Club spokesman, Ian Russell said, "We're all thrilled at the recognition Joey has received - it's recognition for the Club as well.

"Joey is very focused, she's always had remarkable speed and there's a strong possibility that she'll be competing at the next Olympic Games."

Judges have now whittled the list of contenders down to three. Along with Joey, the other nominees are Welsh motorcyclist Chaz Davies,16, who became the youngest ever Grand Prix entrant in 2002 and swimmer Kate Haywood, also 16, with the fastest English 100m breaststroke this year.

The winner will be announced on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2003 programme on BBC1 at 8.00pm on Sunday 14th December.



1st Feb - Joey (currently) tops the U17 girls indoor rankings 2004 with 24.93 secs for 200m, and lies in second for the 60m with 7.76 behind Joscelynn Hopeson.

In the Under 20 women's indoor track and field rankings for 2004 Joey Duck was 4th in the 60m with 7.62 and  2nd in the 200m with 24.38


English Schools 

Joey took the Intermediate Girls' 200m ahead of Hampshire's Fern Parker in 23.80secs, after winning both her heat and semi-final convincingly, running 3 national standard times.

Joey Duck was the star turn of the meeting when she strode away with ease to win the Inter Girls 200m. The anticipated clash between her and Lucy Sargent – the top two sprinters in the age group nationally – failed to materialise when the Essex girl pulled out after being selected for the Great Britain team for this week's World Junior Championships in Italy.
However, the way Duck turned on the style it would have warranted an exceptional performance to stop her securing her second English Schools title.

She went through the rounds with ease, clocking 24.41 in her heat and 24.38 in her semi before destroying the opposition with a stunning new personal best and legal time of 23.80.

Duck's winning time knocked nearly three-tenths-of-a-second from her previous best – set when winning the Junior title last year – and was less than two-tenths away from Vernicha James' meeting record from 2000.

The delighted Northampton High School student said: "I love competing in the English Schools and look forward to it every year. It's very special to me. It would have been nice to join Lucy in the Worlds but I'm not too disappointed because I knew I had the Schools to look forward to."

Duck will now represent England in the Home Counties Schools International in Chelmsford on Saturday.

The British Schools International took place at Melbourne Park Athletics Centre, Chelmsford on Saturday 17 July, in cold and wet conditions. Joey Duck, Northamptonshire won the 200m from Emily Shaw, dipping under 24 seconds, to record 23.99 seconds. Duck's time in the 200m was a new Championship Record.  

The opening day of the Norwich Union World Junior Trials and AAA Under 20 and Under 23 Championships at the Bedford International Stadium on Saturday 26 June. Under 20 Women’s 100m:

The latest battle of the country’s leading Under 17s was won by Joey Duck (Milton Keynes AC), who avenged the defeat inflicted on her at the South of England AA Under 20 Championships by Lucy Sargent (Havering Mayesbrook). Just nine-hundredths of a second separated them after a stride for stride battle into a strong head wind. Both have already beaten the World Indoors qualifying standard of 11.85 seconds. 

Final (wind: -3.1): 1 Joey Duck (Milton Keynes AC) 12.06; 2 Lucy Sargent (Havering Mayesbrook) 12.17


Midlands OCS Young Sportsperson of the Year 

Over 100m and 200m, Joey is already breaking records in her age group and recently won Gold at the AAA’s in the Under 20’s 100m event. Joey is returning from the Junior Commonwealth Games on 6th December, after which her next aim is to go to the World Youth Games in Morocco. Travelling to training facilities and abroad for warm weather training means that Joey will be spending the sponsorship money wisely. Joey enjoys training (and the social life that it brings with it) as much as competing.



On the track, Joey Duck made it onto the podium with third place in the 200m in a time of 24.87 seconds at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Australia. 


16-year-old Joey Duck (Milton Keynes AC) won the Bucks Under 17 200m title in 24.4 – within a fifth of a second of the qualifying time for both the European Junior Championships and the World Youth Games – despite the head wind measuring –2.7.


South of England Junior Championships, Portsmouth

The wind rose to +2.2) for the Under 17 Women’s 100m final, won by Lucy Sargent (Havering Mayesbrook) in 11.90 from Joey Duck (Milton Keynes), who clocked 11.94. 

In their 200m (wind: over the limit) Duck defeated Sargent by 23.91 seconds to 24.00, further whetting the appetite for the definitive confrontations at the Norwich Union AAA Under 20 Championships at Bedford on 2 and 3 July.


World Youth Championships - 200m

Joey Duck qualifyied as a fastest loser with 24.33 in heat 7, but was unable to make the final when she finished 5th in her semi in 24.14.



Home Countries battle in Cardiff

In the Under 20s competition, England – thanks to another superb win by Gerald Phiri and a sprint double for Joey Duck - scored a perfect ton to take the trophy with the International Select team second, Ireland third and Wales fourth.


South of England Championships

Pre-race: In the women's sprints, Joey Duck (Marshall Milton Keynes), Lucy Sargent (Havering Mayesbrook) and Carley Wenham (Crawley) are amongst the contenders.



European Junior Championships

Women’s 200m first round

Joey Duck (Marshall Milton Keynes AC), now being coached by former Commonwealth champion Mike McFarlane, eased through to automatic qualification for the semi-final, finishing third in her heat in 24.31 seconds.

She philosophised: “My first race is always terrible. I only scraped through the first round at the Trials. The bend was all right this time, which makes a change, but I lost my legs in the last 50.”

Women’s 200m semi-finals

Joey Duck (Marshall Milton Keynes AC), third in her first round heat in 23.41 seconds, was elminated, fifth in the second semi-final (wind: +1.3) in 24.42 seconds. Yelizaveta Bryzhina (Ukraine) won in a PB of 23.47 ahead of yesterday’s 100m silver medallist Inna Eftimova (Bulgaria), who clocked 23.83.

“I’m gutted,” said Duck, who trained in the group coached by Mike Leonard until May. “If Craig [Pickering] can do it, so should I. It was my fault. I didn’t drive hard enough. Next year’s my year – the World Juniors. I’ll be ready for that!”