Amelia McLaughlin, the Liverpool Pembroke Sefton High Jump star, has had a month she will never forget. After taking the Northern title with a personal best leap of 1.77m she proceded to the Czech Republic at the invitation of England Athletics with a group of other selected athletes. In somewhat bizarre circumstances she nevertheless cleared a respectable 1.70m. All the signs, though, pointed to something special as she journeyed to the Scottish Championships at Glasgow`s Emirates Stadium. There were 12 girls present, at least three with better performances on paper. Undeterred and with renewed confidence she went through the rounds to the magic 1.80m with only one other girl left standing. Her first leap and she was finally through to the 1.80m club, the sign of an outstanding prospect. The other girl bowed out to double the pleasure of the occasion. The tough winter training schedule had brought the desired result and set her up for an exciting outdoor programme later in the summer. We`ll hear plenty more about this gifted John Rigby Sixth Form College student.
Three LPS athletes were at the Northern Under 15 Championships at Sheffield. Lauren Lewis doubled up at 60m(8.53) and Long Jump(4.62m) as did Erin Birchall with 8.97 and 4.01m. Neither were in the medal hunt but will be pleased as this is their first year in the age group and a first taste of quality competition. High Jumper Owen Southern was fifth with 1.55m and there is obviously more to come from this talented athlete.
Some encouraging results at Sportcity
A clutch of LPS athletes made their way to Sportcity Manchester for the Sale Harriers Open Meet. Again High Jumpers made their mark with Under 17 Hannah Wills leading the field with an excellent 1.55m. A trio of Under 15s Owen Southern(1.50m), Sadie McNulty(1.40m) and Bethany Milton(1.40m) showed up well. Senior Danny Higham was sharp at 200m(22.85) while three braved the demanding 600m, Sean Bosman(1.22.93) and Jesse Roberts(1.25.04). Still to find his best form was Under 17 Joe Milton on 1.30.39. Other results included Emma Givens(SW 60m in 8.44), Ellis Roberts(U17 200m in 26.28), Hannah Wills(200m in 29.20) and Sadie McNulty(Long Jump of 4.31m).