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Pole Vault

Success for Victoria in Dublin!

Victoria travelled with the England athletics team to Dublin at the weekend to compete in the Schools International Athletics Board track and field competition.  This was her second time representing England in the SIAB, though for many athletes it was their first international experience.  She thoroughly enjoyed the meeting and getting to know all the other athletes over the three days; it was an amazing experience.

Competition began early on the Saturday with field events commencing across the track.  In the men’s’ pole vault, they were competing not only against each other but a forceful headwind.  By the time of the women’s pole vault started, the wind fluctuated between a crosswind and tailwind.  Every athlete’s performance was impacted across the stadium and luckily for some this granted new personal bests; however in the high jump and women’s pole vault, just keeping the bar steady on the stands was proving to be a challenge, before any athlete jumped.

Victoria and her Elngland team mate in the pole vault claimed both the first and second position and both jumped the same height of 3.61m. The final positioning came down to count back, where Victoria narrowly missed out on the title by one failure.

Although Victoria did not set a new record under these circumstances, she  improved on her season’s best of 3.60m and is pleased by her performance in the competition.

The future looks bright for Victoria who is going to Millfield School to study for her A-levels.  There she will be coached by the Director of Athletics, Alan Richardson, who has recently been invited to join the Team GB and British Athletics coaching team at the European U23 Championships in Poland.  We may see her on TV in the near future; keep an eye out!

Well done Victoria, we are extremely proud of all that you have achieved and wish you great success in the future!

Victoria’s Pole Vaulting News

Victoria’s (Year 11) first competition of the 2017 Indoor Season was in January at the EIS (English Institute of Sport), Sheffield for the Northern Championships.  By the time Victoria came to compete at a starting height of 3.50m she had won the competition as all other vaulters were out before this height!  She proceeded to jump her highest of 3.75m which beat her personal best by 5cm and broke the championship best performance record of 3.65m, set in 2007.  What am amazing result! To add to this,  she had the chance to meet Jess Ennis-Hill as she was also at the competition that morning.

A week later she competed at Vault Manchester, Sport City; she had been chosen to compete in the Elite Women’s pool against competitors at least two years her senior. For this competition, she had to choose a song that was played each time she jumped and was also introduced in a mini presentation before the competition began; sounds like great fun! The competitors travelled to Vault Manchester from all over the UK and some even came from abroad. Despite being the youngest competitor in the pool, she finished with another PB of 3.76m and came 4th place.

Later in January she competed again and jumped 3.80m, another PB!  The season is going well so far, and the results of her first competition put her 1st in the UK, a place which she is keen to hold onto for the rest of the year.

Follow Victoria’s progress on twitter @First4Athletics


Victoria only took up the sport of pole vaulting two years ago and she has gone on to be ranked second in the U17s’ women’s pole vault and represented England last year T her first international event in Kent.

Victoria has also competed at English Schools, Northern Championships, National Championships and YDL National Championships (Youth Developmental League).

Her aim is to be selected for the World Junior Championships in the next three years, along with continuing to represent England and the North West.

Good luck Victoria. We look forward to you telling us about future successes.

Victoria’s Pole Vault successes

Victoria's pole vault
Incredible athlete, Altrincham Grammar School for Girls student, Victoria B, has lead a remarkable year of achievements in Pole Vaulting. Victoria, aged 15, who only took up the sport 2 years ago, has gone on to be ranked 2nd in the U17 Women’s Pole Vault and represented England earlier this year at her first International event at Ashford Stadium in Kent.

Victoria trains with Matthew Cullen a British Athletics Event Group coach and founder of Manchester Pole Vault and are based from Sports City, and associated with Sale Harriers. She originally joined Sales Harriers for Sprints training in 2014, and was referred to try out Pole Vault due to her sports history and all round ability. She represents Sale Harriers in competition and in her first year, in the U15 Women’s she jumped in to the UK top 10.

pole-vaultVictoria has competed at English Schools, Northern Championships, National Championships and YDL National Championships (Youth Development League). She would like to be selected for the World Junior Championships in the next 3 years and also continue to represent England and the North West in the UK. Indoor competition season commences late December and she is aiming to improve her current personal best towards meeting the selection criteria for the World Junior Championships.

Victoria recently attended a coaching day at Millfield School where she was coached by the Director of Athletics. The school has a reputation for developing elite athletes and has the highest representation in the Olympics.

On 2nd September she then went on to win Silver medal at the 2016 School Games at Loughborough University. Victoria says, “I have always brought a friendly open mind to competition and I hope to carry this attitude further with Pole Vault, and would be delighted to represent my country in future events”.

The 2016 School Games is by invite only. Athletes are selected based on their performance and rankings from British Athletics Power of 10 Typically athletes have had to compete at National and International level and have won Gold or Silver. About 56 of the Olympians who attended Rio had previously been invited to School Games during their earlier athletics career. It is expected that a lot of those will go on to represent the country at Commonwealth, Olympic, European championships. Many had attended the World Junior Championships in previous years. So, watch this space we hope to see Victoria representing Team GB at the 2020 Olympics!


Victoria has undertaken 21 competitions during 2016 (15 during the Outdoor season – May to beginning of Sept). Here are some of her results:

Gold Medalist – England Athletics National Championships – Outdoor

Gold Medalist – Northern Championships – Outdoor

Gold Medalist – North of England League – Outdoor

Gold Medalist – Youth Development League – Outdoor


Silver Medal – 2016 School Games

Silver Medal – English Schools – National Championships Gateshead

Silver Medal – SIAB – Schools International – Ashford Kent

England Success

Following on from the National Schools’ Athletics Finals at the beginning of July, Victoria Barlow was seleceted to represent England the Schools’ International Athletics Competition in Kent, competing in the Pole Vault.  At the International competition she came second – you can see her with her silver medal below victoria barlow england

Victoria will be attending a coaching clinic at Millfield School in August where she will be coached by the Director of Athletics who is involved with elite athletes preparing for the Olympics. She is aiming to better her personal best and gain selection for the World Junior Games within the next two years.  She has also been selected for the School Games in September at Loughborough University.

Victoria is currently ranked second in the country at U17 level despite only taking up the Pole Vault two years ago.  We wish her every success and would love  to see her in the 2020 Olympics!!

Pole vault champions!

Congratulations to Annie, Year 13 and Victoria, Year 10 who are Greater Manchester Pole Vault Champions! Annie won the U20 event and Victoria the U17 event; they have both qualified for national finals in the summer. Good luck with your training girls we are very proud of you!



Pole Vault success at the Northern Championships

Congratulations to Victoria Barlow in year 10. She competed at the English Institute of Sport, in Sheffield for the U17 Girls Northern Championships in the pole vault and won the event with a vault of 3.20m. She is now currently 4th in the UK in this event. What an outstanding achievement. Well done Victoria. We wish you well in future competitions.

Victoria with her Gold Medal