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.
Victoria 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 www.powerof10.info. 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