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!