A YOUNG athlete has proved mud is no obstacle after qualifying to take part in a gruelling world event.
Student at Trinity Academy, Thorne, Amy Hodges will travel to Canada for the World Championships of a growing sport that involves a 20km obstacle course.
The 14-year-old has collected a string of accolades after being encouraged by dad Garrie to take up the sport which is designed to drag competitors out of their comfort zones and test their physical strength, stamina and mental grit.
Competitors are faced with mile after mile of assault course obstacles including high walls, climbing nets, murky streams, mud and logs.
“I used to be on my phone all the time, now I do this,” said Amy, who hopes to work with children with disabilities one day.
“I feel fitter and stronger. It is hard but such great fun and when you get your second wind you feel you could run for ever.
“My dad has competed for 14 months and it is great being able to take part in events with him. I cannot wait to go to Canada for the World Championships.”
Head of Year 10 at Trinity Academy Lorna Hadwin said: “These events are incredibly challenging and really do push competitors to the limit.
“The fact that Amy competes so well and is now taking part in a world event shows just what she is made of.”