This week we report great successes for our ‘Junior’ Athletes.
Emily Diamond is the ‘Star’ performer and this week she leaves for Moncton, Canada as a key member of the Great Britain team for the IAAF World Junior Championships. After some hiccups – with there always seeming to be a reason for her very fast 200m times not being eligible as qualification times – Emily finally produced ‘legal’ PBs of 23.56 then 23.53 in ‘trials’ at Bedford. Don’t think Emily at 19 years old is a recent find. Her association with B&W goes back many years to where she was involved in Sportshall and Cross-Country always being enthusiastic and always showing potential. Don’t forget her Mother, Nicola was an International Athlete as were her Grandparents so she comes from great stock.
So well done Emily, this is just the start we trust of a great athletics adventure for you, we are all proud of you.
From the English Schools champs we have three athletes selected for the Schools International in Glasgow. They are Annabel Gummow, Lucy Bryan and Olivia Sadler. This selection caps great success for our ‘Schools’ athletes competing over the weekend at Birmingham. Annabel won the 3km in style with a time close to her best 9:45.96 to consolidate her position as 5th in the present UK Rankings and Lucy Bryan as we have grown to expect won the Pole Vault also close to her season’s best with a fine Vault of 3.76m. Olivia was a star on the Sky TV broadcast as she clung on in a desperate to finish to clinch 2nd place in the 1500m in the same time exactly as the 3rd place girl. With 4:32.78 this makes Olivia the fastest female in the Club at the moment and think of the senior stars that we have at this event. She is also 5th ranked in the UK for her age group.
Just outside the medals also in the Under 17 age group Lily Owsley clocked a fantastic 2:12.12 in the 800m, after 2:14.84 & 2:15.61 in the preliminaries, to come 4th. Oh how close you came to that medal Lily, that finish was exciting Sky TV watching as well, but don’t worry you know there is always another day. No wonder you were not up to your best at the Avon League on Sunday after that series of races?
Miranda Sadler who has run 2:14 for 800m was at last matched by other competitors (she usually just runs away from them) and was disappointed with her 2:15.97 & 2:17.59 clockings for 6th in the final. It was a class field. All of these Dave Taylor-cCoached athletes (Miranda, Lily & Olivia) have come a long way in a very short time and will be outstanding for a few years to come. This one was a minor set-back Miranda don’t worry.
For me the outstanding breakthrough was that great Club athlete Luke Bailey who came good with a pb of 4.30 in the Pole Vault to finish in 7th place. Well done Luke you deserved this breakthrough which I know you have been waiting for most of this season. A tribute to another outstanding B&W Coach is due here to Neil Winter who also looks after Lucy of course. Tom Gibson finished 10th in this event with an excellent 4.10 vault.
Now to the personal success for me in these Championships, well done Yannick Budd who once again improved his pb in the heats to register 14.67secs in the 110m Hurdles. It has been a long and gradual progression for Yannick and now we can say he is just a whisker away from being there in the top flight of hurdlers. Yannick has some technical flaws in his technique and in his start which when they are ironed out I know the sky is the limit for him. Oh what potential! Yannick still did 14.87 in a really hot final to come 8th so acquitted himself well in his first major final.
Other high achievers at Birmingham were Annasley Park 800m 2:17.40; Hobie Martin 3k 8:54.24; Rhys Park 3k 8:59.19; Zak Tobias 3k 9:01.79 and Leon Reid who just missed out on the final with 11.04 & 11.22 100m clockings into the wind.
Winter member Hannah Alderson really has come back to fulfill the potential that she showed a couple of years back with a bronze medal in the 3k where her 9:46.82 PB was just 0.01 behind 2nd place. Great work by Keith Brackstone and his coaching here.
At the other end of the spectrum from this ‘junior’ achievement ‘Bulletin’ we also wish good luck to any Masters Athletes as they leave for the European Champs in Hungary. Carol Powell, the W55 World Champ & Record Holder, after fighting back to fitness to win the National 400m (& 200m) in Cardiff last week really showed her worth with an outstanding 63.0 sec win at Yate on Sunday. Derek Morgan (M40) is also World Champion and we are confident he will also show his pedigree and bring back the bacon from Hungary. Good luck to both of you and anyone else intending to compete in these Champs ? Phil Parry, Bruno Laasna, Dave Bedwell, Martin Davies?