International honours beckon for YAs

International honours are on the horizon for 4 of our young middle distance athletes. They have been either selected or become eligible for international duty in the coming weeks.

Becky Hewitt
Becky Hewitt has been selected to represent Great Britain at the European Youth Triathlon relays near Venice, Italy on Sunday 20th June. She is part of a team of 3, each of whom will  swim, cycle and run their leg before handing over to the next team mate.

Paul Scanlan has been selected to run the 400m for the Irish team at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Tampere, Finland between Monday July 20th and Friday July 24th. The competition is a multi sport event with 14 Athletes selected by Ireland for the athletics events.

Georgie-Lou Sales will represent Britain in the World Schools Biathalon Championships in August.  She was selected after winning the National Championships (for the last two years) and will compete over a 100m swim and then a 1000m run. These Championships will take place alongside the World Modern Pentathalon Championships at Crystal Palace.

Ronnie Sparke and Alex Cornwell
And Ronnie Sparke has the prospect of running for the GB U20 squad at the European Junior Championships in Serbia in July. His time of 14m 25s for 5000m at Watford last week was inside the qualifying time of 14:30 (and also broke Colin Moxom’s club record set way back in 1966!). He now has to perform well at the forthcoming trials to be assured of selection.


Weekend News

Junior Ejehu
This weekend saw WGwEL athletes busy around the UK, and overseas. Most were competing at the South of England Championships at Watford where no less than 24 medals were won in the combined senior and U/20 Championships. Perhaps the best of those performances came from 18 year old Junior Ejehu who took the U/20 200m title in 21.36 secs (+0.1), after recording a personal best of 21.30 secs (+1.0) in winning his semi-final and equalling the "A" standard qualifying time for the European Under 20 Championships.

Weekend Round-up

Over a busy weekend WGwEL athletes were in action at the Watford BMC Grand Prix, representing GB in a Junior international in Mannheim, the Welsh Open Championships in Cardiff, and in the National Junior League at Eton. Many others had their county schools championships. Whilst the BMC meeting brought some very fine performances, notably a Club Junior record and European Under 20 5000m qualifying time for Ronnie Sparke, a severely depleted NJL team managed to just avoid last spot in the second fixture of the season at Eton. Another U/20 qualifying mark and Club junior record was achieved by Maria Seager at Cardiff with a 4.05 PV clearance. There was also news of a season's best over 400m for Graham Hedman.

GB Team for European Team Cup

WGwEL's Andy Frost (Hammer) and Joice Maduaka (4x100m) have been named in the GB&NI team for the new-look European Team Championships in Leira, Portugal, next weekend.

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