Newport student crowned national women's U17 triple jump champion
PUBLISHED: 16:41 25 February 2016 | UPDATED: 16:41 25 February 2016
A Joyce Frankland Academy pupil has has been crowned national indoor U17 women's triple jump champion at the England Athletics Indoor U17 Championships in Sheffield.
Adelaide Omitowoju, who is also a senior member of the Jumps squad at Cambridge and Coleridge Athletics Club, won the England A event after leaping 11.86 metres, which not only secured her first-ever win at the championships, but was also a personal best for the 16-year-old.
Her effort was the longest distance jumped by a British U17 woman this season and sees her currently top the British Athletics Power of 10 ratings by completing a rare double.
Back in January, Omitowoju became South East England champion at Lee Valley Indoor Stadium with an effort of 11.75m.
The jump was a championship best, breaking a record that had stood for over 10 years.
Omitowoju has vastly improved her performances over the last few years with the help of coaches Mo Park and Ben Davies.
Park said: “Adelaide is a dedicated athlete and a pleasure to coach. However, she now faces a challenge for athletes of her age because it’s her GCSE year.
“Her number one aim is to do well in her exams but in regards to her athletics aims for this season, we want her to do well in July’s English Schools Championships, the UK School Games in September and to get close to the European Junior U18 qualifying standard of 12.25m.”