ENGLAND ATHLETICS U20,U17 &U15 CHAMPS
~~The weekend’s major event was the England Athletics U20, U17 and U15 indoor championships at Sheffield, the pinnacle of the winter indoors season for Britain’s young athletes. There were 25 medals up for grabs across the age-groups over the two days of exciting performances. It was a fantastic weekend of athletics and we had our own reporter, men’s BAL team manager Dean Hardman there reporting for England Athletics.
Among many superb performances, there were two exceptional ones for the club. One of the most exciting ‘new kids on the block’ is U15 Jona Efoloko who, this year has already broken club records over 200m and 300m. He won an outstanding two national titles. The first was the U15 60m title in a PB that was just shy of the existing championship and England best set in 2012. He then went on to win the 200m and here I quote from Dean Harman’s report from the spot, “He secured the under 15 boys 200m title in impressive fashion and was initially unaware of quite how fast he had ran. With the clock stopping at 22.81, the 14-year-old was disappointed to see a time that he had bettered in the earlier heat and it was only five minutes later while waiting for his medal that he realized that he had ran 22.25, a PB performance that has only ever been bettered once before by an English athlete indoors. “I came here wanting a PB and a gold and I got two! The final felt much quicker than the heat, which was why I wasn’t happy with my time at first,” he conceded. “When they told me the real time, I was so excited. I’m going to try to break the outdoor record now.” Congratulations to his coach, John Smith and his squad of training partners at Sportcity.
Aimee Pratt also won a fantastic gold medal in the U17 1500m with a time of 4:43.23. Aimee is coached by Vincente Modahl as a member of the Diane Modal Sports Foundation and here, he takes up the story, "I am so proud of Aimee. She ran an amazing race where she followed every tiny detail of the race plan; she showed fantastic focus, maturity and energy. She is an outstanding young athlete to coach, we're all so proud of her. The time also ranks her No.1 in Britain this winter indoors - a first for DMSF and a brilliant way to end a long, cold and bitter winter… on top of the rostrum, winning GOLD." Another of the club’s DMAF athletes, Lamiko Thomas, also showed great progress by recording a lifetime best performance of 52.34 in the U20 400m heats.
Well done to the other club medallists – Roy Ejiakuewe won bronze in the 60m with a fantastic new PB and J’nae Ward also won bronze in the high jump. The next best thing to a medal is to record a lifetime best performance so well done to Zach Harrop on his big pole vault PB, Maurice Jarvis (U17 60m), Georgina Alexander (U17 60m), Meg Mc Hugh (60m hurdles), Sarah Mc Keever (U20 pole vault) and Ebbie Danson-Chappel (U17 pole-vault).
Many photographs of athletes at the championships were taken by photographers Harry Shakeshaft and Dave Greenwood. They can be viewed and bought very cheaply at www.hsphotos.co.uk and http://www.darkstarphotos.com/
Posted 03/03/2014 17:35