Vaulting Very High
Club athletes produced some fantastic pole vaulting through this winter's indoor season!
ANDREW SUTCLIFFE: Five personal bests in three weeks, winner of his age group in The French Elite Pole Vault Tour and a superb second at The UK Championships and World Trials in Sheffield in February are the achievements of a man in fantastic form. Andy, (18), the country's leading Junior, has put 26cm on his personal best in three weeks culminating in jumping 5m 36 at the UK Championships. This height now ranks him as the leading Under 20 Athlete in the world for 2010, and is the third highest ever by a UK under 20 pole vaulter. AJ's proud coach, JULIEN RAFFALL, says "I've been involved in pole vault for over 20 years, and I cannot remember crossing paths with any vaulter who has put half the hard work Andy has done over the past 5 years. His new PB at the Senior Championships is a tremendous performance, but it has to be the beginning for him. More hard work will be required over the next 2 and a half years, but having shared AJ's pole Vault journey so far, I know the boy will deliver. Well done AJ!!! Let's keep going!!!"
KATE DENNISON, won her fifth consecutive national title at the UK Championships in Sheffield and a week later, again broke her own British Indoor record at the Aviva British Grand Prix jumping 4m 60. This was the culmination of a winter in which she'd travelled all over Europe for competition vaulting her way to world class by smashing her own British Indoor record several times . She was, therefore, in great shape for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Doha from 12-14 March.
PAUL WALKER set a new Pole Vault Welsh Record with a massive 5.43m leap at the recent Vienna International.
MATT CULLEN travelled to Nantes, France to compete on the French tour and came back with a new Personal best of 4m 92 and qualified him to compete in the senior UK championships for the first time.
JACK ANDREW, a multi-eventer, jumped 4m 70 for a new personal best in winning the England U20 Combined Event championships, in Sheffield. He is now 4th in the under 20 Pole vault rankings.
GREG APPLEBY, in winning the Northern Under 17 championships, jumped a new PB of 3m 90 which puts him at third in the under 17 rankings.
KATIE BYRES continues to jump well. Despite only putting 1 cm on her Personal best (now at 3m 91), she has won her age group in the French Elite pole vault tour with victories in Lyon, Manchester and Nantes. Her results at the last six competitions are six out of the top nine jumps of all time for an under 17 vaulter in the UK. She is aiming for selection this year for the very first World Youth Olympics in Singapore in August.
ABIGAIL HAYWOOD has jumped in Paris and Lyon and has a best of 3m 87.
ANNA MASSEY, competing in the McCain City Challenge jumped a new PB of 4m 10.
Posted 15/01/2012 12:57