Whitchurch rookie Jess is crowned English Schools’ champion

WHITCHURCH javelin thrower Jess Lewis was the Avon star at the English Schools’ Track & Field Championships.

The 14-year-old Oasis Academy John Williams School student produced a shock victory in the junior girls’ javelin.

Lewis, who is a member of Bristol & West AC where she is coached by Paul Filer, not only threw a huge personal best of 43.30m to lift her first major national title but also a championship record.

It was one of three medals won by the Avon team at the two-day event with bronze medals also for Bath junior international 800m runner Anna Burt (pictured) and Yate high jumper Luke Ball.

Burt was delighted with her third place in the senior girls’ 800m on her final appearance int eh event as her season has been dogged by illness and then injury so her expectations were low.

For different reasons Ball and coach Jeremy Dale will be delighted with his best result ever as he finished third in the junior boys’ high jump.

There was a second medal for Yate & District AC with Owen Merrett, who was representing Wiltshire as he lives in Chippenham, securing bronze in the junior boys’ hammer.

Merrett travels over to Yate for coaching from former English Schools’ champion Matt Spicer and clearly that effort has been well rewarded.


Coach Jeremy Dale with bronze medallist Luke Ball

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