A WEST Cheshire AC starlet was left disappointed with her performance at the Aviva UK Sportshall Final – despite matching the achievements of Olympic Games medallists Kelly Sotherton and Mark Lewis-Francis.
Kelly Baker wrote her name into the Sportshall history books alongside the likes of past winners Sotherton and Lewis-Francis when she won under 15s girls shot put bronze with a throw of 11.44m.
But the 15-year-old from Ellesmere Port was far from satisfied with her day’s work at the LG Arena.
Kelly, who attends Bishops’ High School in Chester, said: “I am not really too happy with my bronze because I was hoping for more.
“Last year I got silver and I wanted to improve on that and get a new personal best but it just didn’t happen. It’s a shame because this was my last year of doing Sportshall and I wanted to say goodbye with the gold.
“I don’t know why, but I wasn’t as focused as I should have been, but this isn’t it for me as I now head to the outdoor season and I am determined to build on what I have done before.”
Kelly’s efforts in Birmingham did not go unnoticed as the former Little Sutton Primary School pupil impressed Great Britain and Northern Ireland heptathlon star Louise Hazel.
Louise, who claimed gold at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi, said: “It is nice to see Kelly having fun, enjoying athletics and that is how it should be really.”
Kelly’s West Cheshire AC clubmates Charlotte Williamson, Emily Ball and Amy Williams were part of the Cheshire team that topped the U13s girls standings at the big event.
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