ukDesiree Henry

DATE OF BIRTH26.08.1995
COACHRana Reider
EVENT100m, 200m, 400m
PERSONAL BEST100m - 11.06, 200m - 22.46, 400m - 52.27


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ABOUT Desiree Henry

Desiree Henry is a truly exciting young British athletics talent and Stellar is delighted to be helping shape her future. There are going to be no huge boasts or grand promises at this stage and no additional pressures placed upon this sprinter’s young shoulders. However, we have known for some time that she has a wonderful combination of talent, desire, application and an incredibly strong work ethic.

And we have not been the only ones. The millions who watched the dazzling opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympics will never forget the Torch lighting. Several giants of previous Olympics passed their torch, literally, to future Olympic prospects who then had the honour of lighting that amazing cauldron.

Two-time Olympic decathlon champion Daley Thompson identified Desiree and chose her to take his torch. There cannot be many greater honours! And the way she conducted herself with the national media following this iconic and once in a lifetime moment showed that she is not just gifted and classy on the track.

In 2011 Desiree announced herself on the biggest stage of her career when she blitzed her way to the 200m title at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Lille. She has represented Britain at every level of championships since, including the Olympics and World Championships.

Over 100m, as well as finishing seventh in the 2014 European final and reaching the 2016 Olympic final, she helped Britain to relay gold at the former and bronze in Rio 2016. That year she ran 11.06, a time which ranks her third on the UK all-time list. Her 200m season’s best of 22.46 also put her behind only two other British athletes in history.

In 2017 her third place over 200m at the UK trials, after an earlier 22.69, saw her narrowly overlooked for a place on the British team for the Worlds, but her early-season 11.09 was enough to win her selection in the 100m. She went on to reach the semi-final in London.

However, the highlight of the Worlds for Desiree was in the 4x100m relay, in which her second leg helped Britain to silvers behind USA.


Hobbies and interests

Asked what she couldn’t live without, Desiree delivered the eclectic answer: mobile phone, terrapins and vans!

She loves clothes and fashion and is particularly fond of Top Shop, New Look, River Island, Hollister and Forever Young.

Musical tastes include Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Chris Brown.

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