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ESAA Champs 2023

Squad athletes had siperb weeekend at the English Schools Track *& Field Champs in Birmingham on Friday 30 June & Saturdauy 1 HJuly.

Competing in the newly revamped Alexandra Stdium, completely remodlled for last years Commonwealth Games, the athletes all recorded impressive results.

Chisom Walfor (Sir William Borlase) was in superb form as she laid claim to a spot in the Greaty Britain team for the European U20 Championships in Jersusalam in August. Competing in the Senior Long Jump, Chaiom completed a long and cautious recovery froma severe injury dating backto the European Champs last year, also in Jerusalem, with an amzing fifth round leap of 6.53 m. While the wind speed was not legal, this was a huge inprovement on on previous best of 6.25m and one of the best ever for an U20 while still only first year in the age group. This propleed her into the lead in the competiton, ahead of Millfield's Lucy Fellows, already selected for the GB team.

With the Champions title and gold medal secured she added a second amazing leap of 6.39 which was also beyond the 6.25m European Qualification standard.

Also clebrating was Lilianne Jervis -Allen (Dr Challoners High) who captured her first International vest competing in the Intermediate (U17) metres Pole Vault.

Lilianne went into the competition with high expectations as was second in the Power of 10 (National Rankings) for the event. Howevr she added to her cause for celentration by improving her personal by 10 centimetres for new best figures of 3.40 and the silver medal.

She travels to Scotland in 2 weeks time to compete in the SIAB INternational.

Alexander Eldridge ( Great Marlow) made his debut at these Championships with a great run to qualifiy for the Finals of the Inter Botys 400m Hurdles. This is a new event for Alexander this season

Isla Brown (Marlborough / Wiltshire Schools) put the pressures an hard work of her A levels, only just completes, behind her wuth a great run for a seasons best in the Seniot 400m Hurdles. She was close, but not quite close enough to reach the Final missing out by only one place.

Taye (Awake-Chan ( Cressex) was the younest member of the squad and County Team travelling these major Championships. He gained hugely valuable experience competing in the Juniot Boys ( U15) High Jump.

These Championships not only have very high entry standards but even once there these standards are mainatinaed in the events as , for instance, the opening height in Tayes High Jumo is set a 1.59,

Following a good warm-up where he cleared that hieight, he opted to instead open at 1.64m, something he has never attempted. He succeeded at the second attempt.

Subsequentl, he only just missed out on a clearance at a PB height of 1.68 metres clipping the bar with his heels.


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