It was a successful Summer for Year 9 student, Emily, who represented Eltham College and London Schools at the England Schools National Athletics Championships.

Despite the strong competition from the top athletes in England, Emily won the gold in the U15’s 200m and her relay team Placed 2nd in the U15’s 4x100m.

Emily and her team also set the second fastest U15’s 4x100m time season to date in the UK U15 girls (England, Scotland & Wales). Quite an achievement in itself!

Eltham College will continue to support Emily with her training and the School look forward to watching her career go from strength to strength in the coming years.

Marc Edwards, Director of Sport comments,

On behalf of Eltham College Sport, I would like to congratulate Emily on what is an incredible achievement winning gold and silver at the U15 English School Championships. This is without doubt the pinnacle of the school athletics calendar, and she is rubbing shoulders with the very best athletes in the country a year young. Previous English Schools winners include Olympic Gold medallists Jessica Ennis-Hill, Christine Ohuruogu, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford. She has an unbelievably exciting future ahead of her and we look forward to watching her athletics career flourish in the years to come.

Emily has so far achieved the following outstanding results;

Greenwich Schools Athletics championships – 100m & 200m champion

London Schools Athletic championships (year 8&9) – 200m Champion.

London Schools Athletics Championships (Year 8 only) – 100m Champion.

English Schools track and field Championships (Year 8&9) – 200m Junior Girls Champion. Time 25.62 Sec into a -2.1 wind.

English Schools track and field Championships (Year 8&9) – 4 x 100m Junior Girls runners up. Time 49.21 Sec.

Emily says,

‘Competing at the English Schools Athletics Championships was a great experience and I feel privileged to have been able to compete. There was lots of pressure and nerves and I wasn’t sure how I would do on the day. My goal it always to try and make the final, as if you reach a final, anything can happen. When I realised I had won, I was both happy and relieved. It takes a while to sink in because of all the different emotions you have at a big competition. Going forward I will continue to train hard and take each competition on as they come, as each one is very different from the last. I am grateful to Eltham College for their support.’  

Emily finishes the season firmly ranked in the top 10 girls in the UK for both 100m & 200m.

Next season she will be competing again in the U15 category and it should be an especially promising season as most of her current competition will be moving up to the U17 category. Next up will be the U15’s Indoor championships season due to start at the beginning of 2023. We can’t wait!