England Beckons…….

27th June 2014

At the beginning of year 10 I was recommended by Miss Wain-Hobson, my PE teacher, that I join an athletics club due to the success of winning the 200m with a time of 27.75 at the English Institute of Sport School Partnership Trust athletics competition. Miss Wain-Hobson wrote me an information letter explaining everything I needed to do to join the nearest athletics club, which just so happened to be 20 minutes away from my house. She rang the club (Doncaster Athletics Club) and organised for me to go down one Saturday so they could get a good idea of what events I would be good at. It was clear that my strongest event was sprinting so I was put into a sprinting group. The sprinting coach took me into his group. I now train three times a week with the other sprinters in the group. After training at the club for one year I have seen dramatic changes and improvements; I have dropped around 2 seconds off my PB (personal best) as I started club running I was taking just under 14 seconds in the 100m - I now complete the 100m in 12.6 seconds. Because of my speed they also decided to train me for long jump, where I am jumping 5.09 metres with just 4 weeks training.

I submitted my time to the Doncaster Schools Athletics Competition, which took place on 29th of May 2014 at the Keepmoat Stadium. I then got a letter though school confirming that I got a place at the South Yorkshire Championships (English Schools Trials). The English Schools Athletics Competition is the 4th biggest competition in the world with the most talented athletes from all around England competing for their counties. On 14 June I attended the South Yorkshire Schools Competition where I competed in the long jump and the 100m. If I could get standard time and distance in both the events I would qualify for English Schools Athletics Competition and might have the chance to get on the south Yorkshire team. Unfortunately, I wasn’t ready for the long jump just yet as the qualifying distance is 5.25 metres and I only jumped 5.09, although it was a PB. Later on that day I competed in the 100m sprint, I found out when I crossed the finish line I had a massive PB of 12.6 and also had the qualifying standard for the English Schools. I was stunned and the dream of going to English Schools Athletics Championship was coming true! I was then told I had to wait for a phone call as the athletics association would pick the teams. That night I found out that I had been selected and I was going to compete at the English Schools Championships in Birmingham for the 100m and 4x100m relay. I’m currently training hard getting ready for the most important competition I have ever done. I am working on my sprint start and technique.

Taking up athletics is the best thing I’ve ever done and I’m so thankful that I had the opportunity to get into something I am passionate about.

Emily Jones – Year 11.