This report is written by Chris Mole, Young Athlete coach-Noreen
Northern Indoor U13 / U15 Championships – Sheffield EIS – 7th February
Four North Shields Poly young athletes contested the Northern Indoor Championships at Sheffield, all of them making their debuts at this level and taking on a 200m banked track for the first time. It was a long day for them but they all handled the pressure and performed with distinction.
Evie Perrett ( Under 13 ) – Evie had high hopes after being crowned North East Champion in High Jump the weekend before clearing 1.30M. However it was not to be her day, but she still cleared 1.20M to finish in 5th place. She recovered quickly and ran really solid races over 60M and 200M, lowering her 200M Personal best by over 1.5s. Excellent achievement.
Jessica Lively ( Under 15 ) – Jess has only run a handful of races over 60M and had no official time over 200M. This level was a very early step up for her and she ran really solid races in both-Grade 4 time over 60M and a shiny new Personal Best in 200M. Another excellent debut performance.
Robert Mole ( Under 15 ) – Robert had a poor prep race the Thursday before and his expectations were low. He came back to form bang on the day with a new Personal best over 200M and making the Semi finals in both sprints. Fair to say that he now thinks Sheffield EIS is a brilliant venue and looks forward to returning.
AJ Barbour ( Under 13 ) – AJ is undefeated in all the races he has contested so far for the club and that trend has continued. Despite him not being sure if he could last the distance, his first Gold was over 200M winning by a very wide margin. On more familiar territory over 60M, he dominated the field in both the Heat and the Final for his second Gold. He is very proud to be the holder of the Northern Sprint double titles.
The photo shows AJ collecting one of (!) his gold medals
These are just four of an ever growing number of talented athletes from both sprint groups at the club who will now be preparing for and looking forward to the outdoor season to come. Brilliant performances all round and for me as a coach, it is always a joy to watch.