They Represented GB & NI
Several Sale Harrier young athletes are among Britain's best, most exciting and promising. Last week, some competed in major Championships that was the next step in their careers en route, we hope, to one day being an Olympian. We applaud their success and talent and acknowledge the indispensible role their coaches and families play in their success. Sale Harriers is immensely proud of them and their commitment and we acknowledge their role in inspiring others.
KATIE BYRES: Nineteen year old pole-vaulter Katie Byres represented GB & NI at the European U23 Championships in Tampere, Finland. With only one vaulter younger than Katie in the twenty seven pole vaulters in the qualification, Katie was very pleased to make the final as she sailed through her pole vault qualification making first time clearances to 4m 05, 4m 15 and 4m 20 (her outdoor season's best) to automatically qualify for the final. In the final she made first time clearances at 4m05 and 4m 15 but was unable to clear 4m 25 and finished in a creditable 9th place. Katie will still be an U23 in two years time when the competition will be held in Estonia. No.1 in the UK U20 rankings, Katie's has represented GB & NI twice at Youth level (the European Youth Olympic Festival, Tampere, Finland in 2009 and the Youth Olympic Games, Singapore, 2010); twice at Junior level (The European Juniors, Tallinn, Estonia in 2011 and World Juniors, Barcelona in 2012) ; the Senior World Indoor Championships, Istanbul, Turkey in 2012 and then this European u23 Championships,
ROY EJIAKUEKWU represented GB & NI at the European Junior Championships at Reiti, Italy. He finished fourth in his semi-final, running 10.75 into a -1.5m/s headwind, which meant he missed out on a place in the final by just five hundredths of a second. Again, this is another fine pinnacle for the club's top-class athlete whose sprinting ranks him among the top four U20 nationally over 100m as a result of a superb PB in Manneheim (Germany) prior to the Championship. He also holds a rare of being double English Schools 200m Champion.
GEORGE CADDICK also represented GB & NI at the same European Junior championships and ran an impressive 400m anchor leg to move the GB team up to second place behind Russia. Another double English School's Champion, this time over 400m he is en route to becoming one of the Nation's top 400m specialists and now takes up a scholarship in the USA to progress his career. The club wishes him well.
LEE WHITELEY represented GB & NI at the IPC World Champ at Lyon in France and reached the finest pinnacle in his career as a disabled athlete. He's finished 4th in the 100m with a time that would show a clear pair of heels to many able-bodied sprinters. He wrote on Facebook, "I would like to thank everyone for their support. Big thanks to Christian Platts for getting me prepared for these champs; to my training group and coach Keith Hunter for pushing me through the sessions and big thanks to my friend Daniel Heald who has told me this was possible from day one and I wouldn't be at this point without him. Lee this year has already represented GB & NI with distinction over 100/200m at IPC meetings in Dubai and Italy and ranks No.1 in the England Athletics Senior Disability Championships over 100m and 200m.
BRIAN GREGAN competed for Ireland at the World University Games in Kazan for Ireland. He placed 5th in the 400m final and was disappointed not to have won gold. He was the fastest qualifier for the final but lacked the usual power coming into the homestretch. His time of 45.83 equalled his fifth place finish of two years ago.
Finally, yet to come in August are the World Senior championships in Moscow and selected to represent GB & NI in his first senior call-up are Andy Robertson (4 x 100m). Kirsten McAslan (4 x 400m) and Kelly Massey (4 x 400). Britain is particularly early in naming their team. Ireland hasn't done so yet and neither have Canada. Only club athletes Brian Gregan and Seyi Smith have a chance of selection for other nations and if either get picked, we'll let you know. (Submitted by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 23/07/2013 10:04