Jodie is a prodigious talent who up until winning her world junior silver medal in 2010, had never been beaten in a single race. Jodie’s ultimate goal is to win gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Having initially paid for Jodie, her coach and physio to go to various warm weather camps across Portugal, Barrie funded half of the salary of Jodie’s coach, Mike McFarlane.
Barrie has great confidence in Jodie and her ability to perform and a particular highlight for him was travelling to the World Youth Championships in Canada to watch Jodie win the gold and silver in the in the 100m & 200m.
Jodie has a trampoline in her garden and with her family plays a game called ‘Crack the Egg’. Despite this game being a bit of fun Jodie is adamant that she will never be ‘cracked’. This sums Jodie up... competitive, determined with a strong head on young shoulders. She is also relaxed with a light hearted nature and can be eccentric.
She loves music and listens to a lot of rap and R&B and is getting into photography having bought a camera on a trip to New York.
Jodie sees her education as equally important to her running. She hopes to go onto study for a degree, perhaps something unrelated to sport to give her some variation. She relates well at school visits as young people can aspire to show similar potential in their own aims.
Jodie can be quite stubborn in her determination and won’t let up until she has successfully completed a task, no matter how big or small. She sees short term goals as a great stepping stone as, although tough at times, they are always within reach and progress you onto those all important big goals.
How do you prepare for a race?
In the build up, I just eat a lot of protein and carbs and make sure I'm drinking lots as well. On the actual day I tend to be quite alone, I don't like speaking to anyone. I sit in the corner of the track and listen to my music and I always listen to ‘The World's Greatest' by R Kelly before every race. It reminds me of winning the World Youths which was my first major championships I won and I remember listening to that just before so it gives me positive thoughts.
Do you have any ambitions away from sport?
I'm hoping to study Psychology at uni. I would really like to go into advertising or the psychology behind it. It would be nice to do something away from sport to experience something different.
What is your relationship with Barrie like?
It’s not your typical sponsorship, it’s better in a way because he gives you something you really need and you get to give him something back that you really enjoy. Going into schools and seeing all the kids’ reactions to you is incredible. If Barrie
hadn’t of been there to help support and fund my coach Mac then I wouldn’t have been able to train to my fullest.
What makes you laugh?
Quite silly things. I'd say I have an immature sense of humour.
If you could choose or make up a superpower, what would it be?
I'd like to have the power of reading people's minds, simply because I'm nosy!