West Norfolk Athletic Club's Alfie Williams snaps up silver on international debut
Rising West Norfolk Athletic Club member Alfie Williams marked his international debut for England with a silver medal at the weekend.
The Downham Academy student took second spot on the podium at the under-18 Youth Nations Cup in Dublin.
His performance rounded off a successful few months in the shot put.
Since the start of the season, the under-17 West Norfolk athlete has picked up national indoor bronze, a bronze medal at the English Schools’ Athletics Championships last month and a top-three UK ranking.
Williams began his series with a nervous first throw (14.05m) but gradually grew in confidence as the competition went on.
His fifth round throw of 14.97m was enough to cement second place.
The gold went to England team and training mate Chris Dymishri, of Northampton AC.
Dymishri also waited until round five to hit his furthest effort (16.21m) and, until that point, the Irish favourite Gergely Pap was leading and had been since his first throw (14.51m).
But Pap could not find the big throw he needed and the England pair took the first and second spots on the podium.
This was a fantastic result for England and a result that added to an overall England victory on the day.
Williams was really proud to be chosen as part of the England team and had every belief in his own ability to return home with a medal.
The youngster has been working hard for the past few years with a top UK coaching team based at Northampton, led by Stuart Carlaw and including West Norfolk Athletic Club throws coach Allan Williams and Ryston Runners Athletic Club’s Marianne Oakley.
The next big competition will be at the end of this month at the UK age group Championships in Bedford, where Williams is aiming to turn his latest silver into gold.