Sophie claims speed bounce gold

WESTON'S Sophie Thomas followed in the footsteps of Olympic stars Kelly Sotherton and Mark-Lewis Francis on Sunday as she claimed gold at the Aviva Sportshall UK final in Birmingham.

WESTON'S Sophie Thomas followed in the footsteps of Olympic stars Kelly Sotherton and Mark-Lewis Francis on Sunday as she claimed gold at the Aviva Sportshall UK final in Birmingham

The 11-year-old topped the podium in the speed bounce after recording a score of 86 at the flagship junior athletics development event of the year.

Sophie, who attends Worle Community School, qualified for the UK final at Birmingham's LG Arena after claiming double gold at the South West Regional final in February.

She was more than satisfied with her day's work. "I didn't get the chance to go to the UK final last year so to get the opportunity this time around was amazing," said Sophie, who is a member of North Somerset Athletics Club.


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"It felt great to win the speed bounce and athletics is something I am very passionate about and I always wanted to do well.

"I am a sprinter during the summer months and I really enjoy competing against other people, I can't wait to see where it takes me."

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Sophie also finished joint ninth the two-lap sprint race and was joined on the podium at Birmingham's LG Arena by fellow Weston youngster Josh Caulfield.

The 12-year-old Priory Community School pupil claimed bronze in the shot as well team success with Avon, who were crowned the winners of the boys' Under-13 category.

"It was my first time at the UK final and it was a really enjoyable," said Josh, who also plays rugby for Hornets.

"I got into the shot just by doing it at school and to get a medal at a national final is a great achievement."

Aviva Sportshall forms part of the Aviva UKA Academy giving children aged 9 to 15 a competitive and fun introduction to athletics, with the hope of unearthing future champions along the way. To find out more about athletics, visit aviva.co.uk/athletics

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