Multiple Success In Multi Event Champs
While everyone else tucks-in to their turkey dinners, Sale multi-eventers are preparing for the traditional peak of their indoor season, the National Indoor Championships, held in Sheffield over the weekend of the 5th and 6th January 2013. This years' competition proved to be stuffed full with goodies for our talented athletes.
On top of the tree sit Jack Andrew and Daniel Needham who both came away from the gruelling two-day schedule with England medals in the Under 23 competition; Jack with silver and Daniel with bronze. These honours are a reward for the great strength of character displayed by these two promising athletes in their widely different paths to this competition.
Jacks return to top flight competition and top flight performances after lengthy rehabilitation from his series of injuries looks now to be complete. Solid and reliable outcomes from the Day One disciplines left him in seventh position overnight, confident of putting pressure on those above him with a favourable day two schedule to come. This proved to be the case and his storming run to a new personal best time in the final 1000m heat of the competition (along with the withdrawal of two high-placed Sheffield athletes) lifted him to second in the Under 23 listing and gave him gold in the Northern Championships with a points total of 5131. With international selection guaranteed to compete in Valencia at the end of the month, we look forward to his performances in the rest of the year.
Daniel performed admirably to share both podia earning a bronze in the National U23 Championship and a silver in the Northern. This represents a terrific return on his decision to compete in multi-events and should encourage him further even though he ended the competition in severe pain, a testament to the high physical demands that this sport makes. Outstanding new p.b.'s in Shot Putt, Pole Vault and Long Jump sat very well alongside his expected strengths in the sprint and sprint hurdles to give Daniel an impressive points total of 5097. Aside from the gruelling core strength and conditioning demands made by two days of tough competition which told in the final event, he did not look out of place at any time in this new direction for him and he should feel that he can compete at the highest levels.
Nowhere was the commitment to compete more apparent than when Brogan Crowley dragged herself out of her sick bed to achieve a tremendous bronze medal in the England U20 Women's Championship. Without ever achieving individual discipline breakthroughs, she managed to hold her body together sufficiently on the day to counter the flu bugs racing through her veins which had kept her bed-bound for the two days previously and record a satisfactory third place overall and silver medal in the Northern championships. Hopefully the prospect of an international outing in Spain will refill her with seasonal sparkle at the end of the month.
Adding more sparkle and glitter to the championships than the decorations on a festive tree, Jess Taylor competed well in the Senior Women's championship registering an eighth place finish which was enough to win a deserved bronze medal in the Northern contest. A little down on her very best nevertheless gutsy performances all round from her kept the eventual winners on their toes all day.
The same could be said for Alex Wort competing in his first Senior competition having moved up an age group. Solid and improving performances in the 60m sprint, Shot Putt and hurdles showed that he has taken the step up to this level of competition and can achieve much once he has eliminated the mental block which once again prevented him registering a height in the Pole Vault.
Marnie Wells-Nicholls briefly rose to third after a good High Jump in the second discipline of the day in the U20 Women's championship but weaknesses in the Shot Putt and 800m again undermined her bid for honours and she lapsed to tenth place in the end.
All enquiries; Chris Bartram, Sportcity.(Written by Allan Wort)
Posted 08/01/2013 08:15