Being a female athlete in Britain is tough. We're not taken as seriously as the men, and it's much more difficult to get funding – only one female sprinter in the UK is fully funded. So I enjoyed this film about a relay team of female sprinters preparing for a major international championship.
The two main characters in the film are very different people: there's Lisa, a rich girl whose dad controls the squad's funding; and Shania, a girl from an estate who's had to work twice as hard for everything. I couldn't quite believe in their rivalry: in the real world, even if you don't like someone in your squad, you have to put your differences behind you. I've certainly never seen a fight break out between two team-mates.
It's true, though, that a lot of athletes come from backgrounds like Shania's – many have to do second jobs. I'm lucky – I don't have to do another job as I've got the full support of my family. In fact, the scene where Lisa's mother is telling her how much she loves her, and that she'll support her no matter what, made me cry a little. That's exactly how my mum is with me.
There's a really funny nightclub scene where the girls outrun some nasty boys they meet. I've never done that exactly, but I've certainly raced boys and beaten them. At university, a footballer challenged me to a race. I beat him in front of all his friends: you should have seen his face.
I did laugh quite a lot at the running scenes: the girls carried their arms at really weird angles, and they kept turning their heads to look at each other, which you would never do in a real race. But the excitement they all feel about the upcoming championship felt very real. I've just competed in the Olympic trials, and I'm really hoping I'll get a place on the relay team. Then everything these girls in the film have gone through, I'll be going through for real. By the time you read this, I should know.
• Asha Philip is represented by MTC Sport and Talent Management; see mtc-uk.com.
Interview by Laura Barnett
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