England Athletics Age Group Indoor Championships were held in Sheffield between Saturday 28th February and Sunday 1st March. TVH had 11 young athletes representing the club and our jumpers performed exceptionally well by winning two silver medals in the triple jump and a bronze in the high jump.
TVH had their largest entry in the 60m with eight sprinters. A very consistent Tayla Brade set a new life time best in her heat of the U20 women’s with 7.58s and equalled this time in the semi-final. In a very competitive final, Tayla had another strong run, again very close to her new PB to finish 6th in 7.59. In the U17s girl’s heats, Brittany Robinson was 4th with 8.11 and Jozae Grant 7th with 8.42. In the U15 girls, Erika Yeboah just missed out in a place in the final as she finished 4th in her semi with a new PB of 7.99. Antonio McLeary was 6th in the heats of the men’s U20’s with a new PB 7.44. All three of TVH U17 boys sprinters did well to make the semi-finals where Daniel John was 4th with a new PB 7.23, Emmanuel Dadzie also in a PB 7.36 and Keano-Elliott Paris-Samuel equalled his time from his heat for 6th in 7.35.
TVH’s U17 boys had a busy weekend as they were back in action in the 200m heats where Emmanuel Dadzie was 5th with his second PB of the weekend 23.52, Keano-Elliott Paris-Samuel 4th in 23.69 and Daniel John 4th in 23.77.
TVH first medal in these championships was won by Jude Bright-Davis with a fantastic first round jump of 14.15m that beat his own U17 indoor club record by 10 cm. Jude led the competition until the final round when a Swansea Harriers athlete, Osaze Aghedo, overtook Jude’s first round jump by 3cm to take the gold medal and Jude won the silver medal. The U20 women’s triple jump was another very close competition where TVH won their second silver medal. Lia Stephenson jumped 12.11m with her last round jump that briefly led the competition but Kerri Davidson from Blackheath with the last jump of the competition beat Lia’s jump with 12.24 to win the gold medal.
Jude Bright-Davis was back in action in the U17s long jump final and had another good series of jumps to finish in 5th with a leap of 6.35m.
Ella Widdop-Gray won a great bronze medal in her debut competition for TVH as a first claim member with a first time clearance of 1.65m and this height was also good enough to set a new U20 indoor club record. Ella was only 4cm away from winning gold.