Introducing Katarina Johnson-Thompson
Katarina Johnson-Thompson, two-time world and Commonwealth champion, is the ambassador for our funetics programme. Together, we are striving to inspire children and young people through the power of athletics.
Best known for her world-class talent both on the track and in the field as a combined-eventer (pentathlon and heptathlon), Katarina is no stranger to success. Now aged 30, she’s just become the World Champion for heptathlon for the second time to add to her two Commonwealth Games titles! We pass on our huge congratulations to her!
Katarina is the only Briton to have won world titles at senior, under 20, and under 18 level and she holds all-time records for every one of the past seven years.
In her early years she won England Age Group championships as well as English Schools’ AA titles. On her Olympic debut at the London 2012 Games aged just 19, Katarina racked up an impressive 6,248 points to finish 15th in front of a home crowd.
Since then she’s competed at a further two Olympic Games, won three European gold medals, and in 2018 was the World Indoor Pentathlon and Commonwealth Games Heptathlon champion – a feat she repeated at Birmingham 2022. As well as that, she has won individual medals and held national records in the high jump and long jump.
So she really epitomises what it takes to master the fundamental sports skills of Run, Jump, and Throw which is what funetics is all about! Maybe a future Olympic, Commonwealth or World champion will be introduced to athletics through our funetics programme?