Athletics: Amy Williams secures English Schools gold medal treble

AMY Williams saved the best until last as she won her third English Schools title in as many years on Saturday.

AMY Williams saved the best until last as she won her third English Schools title in as many years on Saturday.

The 15-year-old from Chester struck gold in the intermediate girls’ triple jump at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium.

It looked like she might have to settle for a silver medal when Surrey’s Kerri Davidson smashed the eight-year-old championship record of 12.10m by 9cm.

But Amy was not to be beaten.

On her sixth and final jump, she leapt 12.22m to snatch the gold medal from her main rival and post a new English Schools record.

Her dramatic winning jump was also a championship record for a wind-assisted jump and just 2cm short of the UK all time U17 best.

Amy’s father Stuart said: “Before her last jump, Amy put her hands above her head and got the crowd clapping.

“She knew it was her last chance but she did it. It was a great sporting moment.”

Amy, of Dee Banks, won English Schools gold in the U15 long jump in 2011 and 2012.

She stepped up to the intermediate (U17) age group this year, switching her focus to the triple jump.

The Queen’s School student’s performance in Birmingham saw her earn an England call-up for the Inter Counties match in Dublin on July 20.

Amy was not the only Cheshire athlete to excel at the Alexander Stadium.

The county won three major trophies for the Group B section, taking the junior girls and senior girls team prize as well as the aggregate trophy (awarded for boys’ and girls’ performances).

Athletes representing Chester schools included Kelly Baker (Bishops’ Bluecoat High), who hit 11.71m for fourth position in the senior girls shot.

Amy Hinchly (Tarporley High) finished fifth in the intermediate girls 1,500m with four minutes 32.64 seconds, while Upton High’s Tessa McCormick clocked 4:34.71 for fifth spot in the senior girls 1,500m.

Christleton High’s Matthew Sheen posted 8:52.07 for 12th spot in the intermediate boys 3,000m, and Matthew Pagan (Chester Catholic High) was third in his intermediate boys 400m heat in 49.99.

Cheshire team coach Sandy Littler said it had been an ‘absolutely brilliant’ competition and paid tribute to all the teachers and coaches who had worked with the athletes all year round.

 
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