A STUDENT at Abbey Gate College is fast developing into an all-round sporting star.
Multi-talented Year 7 pupil Jessica Thomas, of Churton, is making great strides in athletics and equestrianism.
In recent weeks, she has won the 800m at the northern Independent Schools Association (ISA) Athletics Championships at Robin Park, Wigan.
Jessica finished an incredible 80m ahead of the field. Her winning time of two minutes and 38 seconds broke the championship record, which had stood for 17 years.
In addition, Jessica competed in a two-day ISA equestrian event at Offchurch, near Leamington Spa.
On her horse Noble Goldfinger, the Chester student competed in the novice section against riders who were up to six years her senior at the Princethorpe-Kingsley Two Day Event.
After showcasing her skills in the dressage, showjumping, roads and tracks, steeplechase and cross country disciplines, Jessica just lost out on the top spot but finished a highly creditable third.
Gavin Allmand, deputy head of Abbey Gate College, said: “The college is incredibly proud of her achievements and of the very positive, yet modest, approach that she brings to all aspects of her school life and extracurricular sporting achievements.”