A HUDDERSFIELD girl has sprinted her way to more sporting success.
Jodie Ounsley picked up two athletics championship gold medals.
10-year-old Jodie, of Flockton, enjoyed the double win at the Junior Deaf Athletics event for the third year running.
She retained her title as under-11s 80 metre and 100 metre champion at the Keepmoat stadium, Doncaster.
Jodie, who is the daughter of police officer and cage fighter Phil Ounsley, is no stranger to sporting success.
The Flockton Junior and Infant School pupil has competed in the under 11s Junior Deaf Athletics Championships since she was only eight and has often beaten off competition from older runners.
When she was just eight, she competed in Linford Christie’s Street Athletics Sprinters of the Future project in the under-13 category and was acclaimed.
Jodie was born profoundly deaf and has worn a cochlear implant since she was 14 months old. At the deaf meetings there is a flag start as well as a starting pistol.
Her dad Phil said: “She can hear quite well thanks to the implant and can communicate well.
“She is headed to Scissett Middle School in September and is looking forward to that.
“She loves any sport and she excels in all sports she tries.
“She doesn’t attend an athletics club apart from an after-school one, but every night she is playing something different and she loves sports.
“Her big ambition is to run in the Olympics and she has been saying that for the last two or three years.
“My wife Jo and I go to watch her in competitions and we are so pleased for her.
“Her little brother is hoping to follow in her footsteps and, although he is only four years old, she is teaching him and giving him lots of sporting tips.”
The successful sporting streak is an Ounsley family trait.
Phil is a previous champion of the Gawthorpe Coal Carrying race, winning the title in 2007.
He had to run a mile from the Royal Oak pub to a maypole on the village green while carrying a 50kg bag of coal.
He was also a silver medallist at the European Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsui Championship and is an MMA cage fighter. Brazilian Jiu Jitsui is a full contact combat sport which focuses especially on ground fighting.
The Dewsbury-based inspector has served in the police force for 25 years.