Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham: Emily Borthwick on how personal tragedy is inspiring athletics success – BBC Sport

Emily Borthwick is closing in on Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s British record

Venue: Utilita Arena Date: Saturday, 19 February Start time: 13:15 GMT
Coverage: Watch live on BBC iPlayer, the BBC Sport website and the mobile app.

Facing up to an unimaginable tragedy has given rising British high jump star Emily Borthwick a new perspective on life.

“With everything that’s happened in my personal life, there’s no fear any more – I can now accept that my wild dreams can become a reality,” said Borthwick.

In November her younger brother Connor sustained fatal injuries after becoming trapped in machinery at a business site in Blackburn.

“Connor was the spirit of life and I take his spirit with me everywhere I go now. He’s with me in every competition,” said Borthwick.

“He’d want me to be living life to the full and he lives on through us all – his passing has given me a new outlook on life.

“I’m no longer worried about the little things now I’ve been through something so traumatic. It’s the worst thing I’ll ever experience in life so why be afraid of a high bar or those world-class girls?”

Having improved her personal best by 11cm in the past two years, the 24-year-old has enjoyed a string of eye-catching performances to kickstart her 2022 indoor campaign.

‘I’m ready to go higher’

Borthwick and her family started a fundraising page in Connor’s memory which has raised more than £18,000 for Alzheimer’s and Down Syndrome charities

The Loughborough-based athlete, who trains alongside fellow Olympian Morgan Lake, has won three events in 12 days this year and is …….

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/60418806

Emily Borthwick is closing in on Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s British recordVenue: Utilita Arena Date: Saturday, 19 February Start time: 13:15 GMTCoverage: Watch live on BBC iPlayer, the BBC Sport website and the mobile app.

Facing up to an unimaginable tragedy has given rising British high jump star Emily Borthwick a new perspective on life.

“With everything that’s happened in my personal life, there’s no fear any more – I can now accept that my wild dreams can become a reality,” said Borthwick.

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Emily Borthwick is closing in on Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s British recordVenue: Utilita Arena Date: Saturday, 19 February Start time: 13:15 GMTCoverage: Watch live on BBC iPlayer, the BBC Sport website and the mobile app.

Facing up to an unimaginable tragedy has given rising British high jump star Emily Borthwick a new perspective on life.

“With everything that’s happened in my personal life, there’s no fear any more – I can now accept that my wild dreams can become a reality,” said Borthwick.

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