Athletics U17 & U15 Championships
The England Athletics U17 & U15 Championships last weekend
at Bedford international Stadium was the culmination of a
very successful year for several of the club's athletes. Two -
Kevin Metzger and Amy Williams also produced Gold medals. Anthony
Barbet, the club's huge supporter of the club's young athletes,
"Remember that Team GB yachtsman, Ben Ainsley, who said "you don't
want to make me angry"? UK ranked No1 U15 triple jumper Kevin
Metzger doesn't get really angry, but before the AAA U15 triple
jump started, the boy ranked No2 (12.87m) expressed doubts about
Kevin's sudden and spectacular appearance on the triple jump scene
- he had only taken it up this year and the AAA Championship at
Bedford was only his fifth competition. Now a bit of healthy
scepticism is one thing, but No2 in the country suggested to Kevin
that he would need to see the video before he believed his claimed
13.39m. Big mistake. Huge.
Every one of Kevin's AAA jumps was over 13m and every one good
enough to win the Championship. The UK No2 a) didn't win a medal,
b) is now UK No5 and c) may well feel a bit silly. Our Kevin left
the rest of the field over half a metre behind his mighty 13.59m
and that was when he was only a bit cross! His coach, Keith Hunter
is trying to work out how to get him more angry.
Kevin's training partner Amy Williams, one of SHM's most bankable
athletes, completed a clean sweep of U15 girls' long jump titles
for 2012, a year in which she has won everything there is to win.
She retained her Cheshire Schools title (new record), retained the
Cheshire County title (new record), retained the Northern titles
(indoor and outdoor, both new records), retained her English
Schools title (third best UK all time), and she rounded it off on
Sunday by winning the AAAs.
Other outstanding club representatives at the AAAs were the
talented and ever-reliable Beth Bolton (U17 hurdles), and coach
Roger Devlin's two fast improving athletes, Alyssia
Carr (U17) who ran the 300m and came fourth with a PB in the 80m
hurdles and Gabrielle George (U17) who beat a lot of serious
contenders to reach the final of the hotly contested 200m.
Coach Matt Cullen had also two youngsters achieve lifetime best
performances in the pole vault. Congratulations to Zac Harrop who
achieved a magnificent PB of 3.30m in the U15 championship and
David Campbell who vaulted 4.10m in gthe U17 category.
Some might be disappointed at the small size of the Sale
contingent, but the Club has every reason to be wildly optimistic
about our most junior members under the inspirational guidance of
coaches like Peter Shaw, whose simple philosophy is that children
should first and foremost have fun.
Our junior teams will demonstrate SHM's outstanding strength in
depth on home turf at the National Young Athletes League final on
September 2nd. Can we take on the might of the Midlands and the
South East? Bring it on!
(Presented by Anthony Barbet. Photos courtesy of Anthony
Posted 22/08/2012 16:13