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.
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