Andrew Greer Excels at GB & NI Debut
09 May 2022
Torque Racing Club’s Andrew Greer headed to Italy this weekend to represent Team GB & NI at the World Para Athletics Grand prix in Jesolo, along with 5 other junior para-athletes, also making their debut.
In the Wheelchair 100m race, Andrew secured a season’s best of 16.96 (-1.2), while over the one-lap distance (400m) he similarly set the fastest time of his season with 61.37, despite the wet conditions.
Athletics NI Para Development Officer Heather Ardis stated: "This was a brilliant opportunity for Andrew, making his GB & NI debut in Italy and competing along side the rest of the Junior Para team. We look forward to the summer season ahead.".
England Athletics Indoors
City of Lisburn AC’s Arnar Brynjarsson won the England Athletics Indoor U15 Boys 60m, finishing 2nd in his heat in a time of 7.38 to qualify to the semi-final where he qualified in 2nd place in a time of 7.31, to finally reach the Final, crossing the line in a time of 7.28 to take the Gold medal.
Arnar then went on to compete in the U15 Boys 200m, qualifying top in his heat in a time of 23.19, to claim another Gold medal in the final in a personal best time of 23.03. Following a number of Icelandic record breaking performances, Arnar is Number 1 in the UK over the 200m and 2nd in the UK for 60m for 2022.
Lifford Strabane AC’s Finn O’Neill competed in the England Athletics Indoor U17 Boys Heptathlon winning with a total of 4902 points, with 1st place in the Shot Put throwing 13.34m and 1st in the 60H in a time of 8.27. He placed 5th in the 60m in a time of 7.39, following by a 5th place in the Long Jump with 6.20m and a third in the High Jump clearing 1.77m. On the final day, Finn finished 2nd in the Pole Vault clearing 3.53m and 2nd in the 1000m in a time of 2:44.15, to seize the top spot overall.
Following this, Finn competed at the Somerset Schools Combined Event Championships in April in the U18 Men’s Decathlon, winning with a total of 6586 points and gaining the Athletics Ireland standard for the European U18 Championships in July. He finished the 100m in first place with a PB time of 11.68; the 110m Hurdles with a season’s best of 14.93; the 400m with a season’s best of 51.44 and the 1500m with another SB of 4:32.50. In the field, Finn cleared 1.73 in the High Jump and a PB of 3.60 in the Pole Vault, before jumping 6.19m in the Long Jump. He gained a 12.64m throw in the Shot Put, leading into a PB throw of 39.89 in the Discus and a PB in the Javelin with a throw of 45.54. Finn now sits in 5th place in the UK All Time lists for the U18 Men’s Decathlon, and is top in the U17 Heptathlon, going into the British Athletics Combined Events in Bedford on 28th May.
Lagan Valley AC’s Jai Benson (UCL) competed in the Men’s Triple Jump, qualifying from Group A with a best jump of 14.07m (w/s +1.2) to claim 3rd place.
In the Women’s 5000m, Mid Ulster AC’s Grace Carson (Loughborough) claimed 3rd place with a personal best time of 16:12.14, while City of Lisburn AC’s Josh Armstrong (Loughborough) competed in the Men’s 110m Hurdles, finishing 1st in his heat in a personal best time of 14.52, to qualify to the final, where he equalled his PB of 14.52 to gain 3rd place.