Esme Salter enjoys spectacular first six months of wheelchair racing
A pupil at St Dunstan's School in Glastonbury is hoping for even more success after an impressive first six months in wheelchair racing.
Year 10 student Esme Salter only took up the sport in February, when she started training at Yeovil Athletics Arena with the Yeovil Olympiads club.
She trained twice a week with coach Jenny Slade and was victorious on her first competitive outing, finishing the 100m in 28 seconds and the 200m in 57 seconds.
Salter improved again at her next event, winning with new personal best times of 23.5 and 45.0 respectively.
Then, representing the South West at DSE National Championships at Blackpool in July, she won two gold medals.
Her memorable summer continued with a trip to the Coventry Open Meet, where she set new best times again.
"It was amazing," she said. "I got to meet so many inspirational people, such as Hannah Cockcroft and Mel Nichols.
"Also on that day I came first in my 200m, second in my 100m and third in my 400m, and all of my times were personal bests."
Salter's final event of the summer was the England National Championships in Bedford, where a personal best of 21.3 won the 100m.
She also crossed the line first in the 200m, only to be disqualified for coming out of her lane.
"It upset me at the time but now I'm back to normal and to me it was just a learning curve," she said.
"Everybody has them. If they didn't, none of us would learn anything in life.
"This is just the start for me and I can't wait until next year when I hope bigger and better things are going to happen."
A spokesperson for St Dunstan's added: "We wish Esme all the best with her future competitions.
"She has shown great dedication and has worked extremely hard in her field of sport.
"She is a great inspiration to all those around her."