Harrow sprinter Erykah-Monáe Quartey is just 10 years old and already making a serious impact in the sport as one of the brightest up-and-coming young talents.
The extremely talented local sprinter, who attends St. George’s Primary School, currently runs for Harrow Athletic Club and is reaching extremely fast times. Erykah has broken two European age records for 100m and 150m which are due to update in October.
Her father Quentin Quartey runs a hair shop ‘Q2 Locs Parlour’ in Harrow, and her mother Kaye-Ann Adjei-Quartey is a senior nurse at the Caryl Thomas clinic, also in Harrow.
Erykah also holds the Middlesex Youth Athletic League U11 records for 75 and 150m and is currently ranking 23rd in the U13 age group category for 100m even though she is still U11 year group, with girls who are in their second year of U13s.
Sadly, Erykah had a hard time at her previous primary school, where she was teased for being because of her height, but she courageously channelled all the negativity to make her more determined, and train harder both on the track and at the gym.
She looks up to Dina Asher-Smith, the fastest British woman on record and one of the UK’s most influential people of African-Caribbean descent, and is running faster times than Dina was at her age.
Erykah’s Mum, Kaye-Ann, said: “Erykah shows so much resilience and determination, she trains 3 times a week and she still manages to do amazing In her school work. She knows what she wants and she is going for it. I feel so blessed to be her mum.”
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