English Championship success for North Somerset athletes

PUBLISHED: 14:33 11 March 2015 | UPDATED: 14:33 11 March 2015

Ada'ora Chigbo.

Ada'ora Chigbo.


North Somerset athlete Ada’ora Chigbo has qualified to compete for England in a junior international.

EIGHT athletes from North Somerset Athletic Club travelled to Sheffield for the English age group championships, producing some masterful performances and coming home with some medals.

Top performer was Portishead’s combined eventer Ada’ora Chigbo. Victories in both the Under-17 women’s shot putt (14.25m personal best) and soared to a high jump of 1.78m.

These performances mean she will compete for England in both events in a junior international. It is the second time she has met the high jump qualifying standard for the World Junior Championships in July, with her PB of 1.81m from a few weeks ago being the top performance across the UK.

Hopefully, a seat on the plane has now been guaranteed. Ada’ora was said to be disappointed with her long jump of 5.18m. A terrific jump, and good enough for 12th place in a high quality competition

Another fantastic medal was achieved by Backwell’s Emma Bakare in the Under-15 girls’ high jump. A personal best performance of 1.59m and the narrowest of misses at 1.62m the reward for months of hard work.

This was backed up with a fifth place in the shot putt, another personal best of 10.71m. Emma’s main event, the long jump, was hampered as it was timetabled too close to the high jump. Fatigue saw her finish 18th with a leap of 4.36m.

Flax Bourton’s Caroline Walder narrowly missed out on a medal in the Under-15 girls’ pole vault, but deserves the plaudits for even making the start line. Landing awkwardly on the pole vault bed two weeks earlier and twisting both ankles, ‘Cally’ was forced to withdraw from last week’s Avon Sportshall team.

Despite vaulting the same height, 2.90m, as the bronze medallist, she missed out on countback as she had knocked an earlier bar off.

On the track, Flax’s Sophie Parker continued the excellence with a seventh place finish in the Under-15 girls’ 60m hurdles, a time of 9.42 seconds close to her PB.

Yatton’s Declan Walters smashed his personal best in the 60m sprint, making the semi-final in a time of 7.21 seconds.

Nailsea’s Charlie Bates also reached the semi-final in the Under-15 boy’s 60m, taking a chunk off his PB with 7.79 seconds.

Flax’s Ellie Shail finished seventh in her Under-15 girls’ 60m heat with 8.48 seconds, and Portishead’s Sarah Smith finished fifth in the Under-17 women’s 60m with 8.28 seconds.

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