Meet Lina Nielsen: Sprinter!

What is your greatest achievement?

Winning the European Junior Gold in the 4x400m is my fondest memory in athletics so far. But more recently, a great achievement of mine is getting the bronze medal at the 2017 British Indoor Trials in the 400m, subsequently leading to my selection for the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade.

What is your greatest ambition?

My greatest ambition in athletics, as with most budding athletes, would be to make an Olympic games. But aside from that, another great ambition is to be an inspiration. I’d love to build an amazing story through sport and hopefully write a book one day about it that people can be influenced by.

What is your inspiration for competing?

To be better than I’ve been before! I love the thrill of improving your PB, climbing the rankings and just pushing your limits further and further! But what makes competing even more exhilarating is when I have a specific target, such as getting a time standard to gain selection for a championships! It’s so invigorating when you keep creeping closer and closer to that target with every competition and then to finally reach it!

What is the hardest thing about your sport?

Getting injured! I was out with an injury earlier this year and was pulled out of the European Indoor Championships with a stress fracture! It was hard to deal with at first as I was finally heading in the right direction in my sport but a lot of positives can actually come out of injury. It gave me time to work on my dissertation at university and to work on my weaknesses through rehab but also without that injury I wouldn’t be working with Perfect Balance Clinic!

What do you do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I am a Barista! I love love love coffee and was offered a chance to work with a growing independent Roastery in East London and grabbed the opportunity! It’s important to me to have something alongside sport to take your mind off the high demands of training and for me, being a barista is perfect for that!

Where do you want to be in 5 years, 10 years time etc?

In 5 years time, I would like to be one of the best athletes in the country and be good enough to compete with the top athletes in the world!

What is the best feature of Perfect Balance Clinic?

They put the athlete first. They offer all the services and resources an athlete needs to support the high demands of their training. It takes an aspect of worry away from my training to know that such support is there and available for me whenever I need it.