EA U20 & U23 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Fechin Mc Cormick
What a weekend for five of our club members, three of whom won superb England titles and gold medals at the England Athletic U20 and U23 Championships in Bedford and two won bronze medal.
Congratulations to U20 AIMEE PRATT who achieved a career pinnacle with a fantastic 3000m steeplechase gold medal with an awesome PB of 10:46.19, knocking about forty seconds from her previous time. Aimee, coached by VINCENTE MODAHL, is already the 2014 England Athletics U17 1500m indoor steeplechase champion and the 2013 outdoor silver medallist and this delightful leap forward over the longer steeplechase distance will be a well-deserved fillip and reward for her stoical hard work.
Similiar congratulations to the club’s talented triple jumper LISA JAMES, coached by KEITH HUNTER who’s also topped her exciting career with the U23 England Athletics title and gold medal with just as exciting PB of 13.22m. Wrote Lisa, “What a crazy past few weeks - County Champion, Northern Champion and now England Champion and a PB and also ranked UK number 1 triple jumper!!!! I have worked so so so hard for this and I am sooooo happy right now. Words can't describe my excitement. Thank you to everyone for their support”
The club’s third gold medallist and EA champion is KIRSTEN McASLAN who brilliantly represented her native Scotland in last year’s 4 x 400m relay. She’s regularly medalled in these championships and is already the proud holder of the U23 400m title in 2013 and also the U20 gold medal in 2012.
Our bronze medallists are sprinter ROY EKIAKUEKWE and triple jumper KEVIN METZGER. Roy is one of Britain’s top sprinters. Earlier this year, following an illustrious junior career, he made his senior debut at the World Relays in Bahamas and then again represented England in the relay at the Loughborough International. Good Luck to him as he aims for European U23 Championships and the relays in the World T & F Championships. Kevin Metzger is also Britain’s top triple jumper. He’s been ranked No.1 in the UK as an U15 and U17 and currently ranks 2nd U20. He’s already won all before him including being the English Schools Champion, the current Northern Athletics Indoor & Outdoor Champion and the Gtr. Manchester Schools and County Champion. This bronze medal would, doubtless, have been gold had it not been for a viral infection in the days before the championship.
Posted 22/06/2015 16:25