Rising athlete Lucy Edwards has set her sights on breaking the five-metre barrier in the long jump after starting 2013 with a bang.
The 14-year-old, from North Wootton, struck gold to retain her county crown at the Keith Ward Memorial and County Indoor Athletics Championships with a leap of four metres and 69 centimetres.
And just for good measure, Edwards, who has held the county title in all age groups of the long jump for the last five years, also gained a silver in the 60-metre sprint to qualify for the English Under-15 Championships, at Birmingham International Arena, at the end of this month.
West Norfolk Athletics Club member Edwards, who also trains at Taverham Sports College on a Saturday, said: “Retaining my county long jump title means a lot to me.
“To jump a personal best of 4.69 metres at the beginning of the season is a great way to start the year.
“It has inspired me to keep on working on my long jump and I’d like to jump even further this year.
“I’d like to get even closer to the five-metre mark and definitely hope to break that by next year.”
The Swaffham Sacred Heart School pupil’s aim is to qualify for long jump discipline at the English Schools’ Championship this year after qualifying for the Anglian Schools equivialant 12 months ago.
“I’d like to achieve well in both national competitions, hopefully gaining some new personal bests along the way,” said Edwards, who has jumped up an age group and is competing at under-15 level this year.
On her achievement of reaching the England Under-15 Championships later this month, Edwards said: “I am sure that this competition will be a great experience as I have never competed in an indoor competition like this before .
“I’m hoping qualifying for the 60-metre sprint event will inspire me to achieve highly throughout the rest of this year, as well as years to come.”
Edwards, who was highly-commended in the Young Sports Person of the Year category at the KL.FM West Norfolk Sports Awards, topped off a busy few weeks by helping Norfolk to success at the Eastern Region Sportshall Finals at the UEA, winning individual gold and bronze in the speed bounce.
The teenager paid tribute to West Norfolk Athletics Club, saying: “The club have provided me with coaching since I was nine.
“They have given me great encouragement and technique points, helping me to get faster and jump further over the years.
“They have always encouraged me to do well when competing and have been a great support to me since I began athletics.”