Eleven Youth Athletes to Compete at English U17 & U15 Championships this Weekend in Bedford

25 August 2018

Eleven Youth Athletes to Compete at English U17 & U15 Championships this Weekend in Bedford

Eleven NI and Ulster Athletes will take on the best of the UK’s U17 & U15 athletes as the English Championships begin at Bedford International Athletics Stadium this morning.

Previous medallist Casey Mulvey (Shot) will lead the medal hunt for NI & Ulster in the field events whilst Rachel McCann’s PB of 39.77s should make her very competitive in the U17 300m. Rachel (North Down AC-Michael Roberts) is ranked 5th in the UK this year.

U15 800m runners Dylan McBride (Willowfield-Lawson Cochrane) and Victoria Lightbody (City of Lisburn AC-Andrea Anderson) are ranked 2nd and 4th in the UK rankings this year and will hope to conclude their excellent 2018 track seasons with strong performances. U15 Para athlete Andrew Greer (Heather Ardis-Torque Racing Club) lines up in the T54 100m, 400m and 1500m and will gain a lot of experience on his NI & Ulster debut.

The English Age Group Championships are a regular fixture for Northern Ireland’s young athletes. Team Leader Laura Kerr explained, “as we look toward strengthening the Athlete Development Pathway it is important to expose our best youth athletes to a high level of competition where they experience racing multiple rounds.”

“Athletics NI want this experience to replicate that of a major championship so that NI & Ulster athletes can refine their performance behaviours and competition day processes for future championship events. Learning to work with team staff and managing time through call rooms on competition day will be essential. We aim to have athletes representing NI & Ulster arriving at their events in their best physical shape with a mindset that allows them to perform at their best.”

An educational team meeting was delivered by Athletics NI Development Staff in Bedford last night, which covered a number of these areas. Athletics NI plan to continue this education by making it a theme of future camps and competitions now that the Commonwealth Games 2022 cycle is underway.


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