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King's Lynn West Norfolk AC and Downham Ryston Runners athletes representing county at England Schools Athletics Championships in Birmingham

By Pete Woodhouse

Four top talented local athletes were chosen by committee to represent Norfolk at the England Schools Athletics Championships today (Friday) and tomorrow at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium.

Athletes are selected based on them achieving a national standard and only the very best in the country will go on to fight for medals.

Lucy Koenigsberger, A Level student from KES Academy in Lynn, was selected for her fifth England Schools event, this year as a Senior girl in the hammer competition.

English Schools Christian Tansey, Lucy Koenigsberger, Lucy Oakley, Alfie Williams by Tony PayneOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA (13648117)
English Schools Christian Tansey, Lucy Koenigsberger, Lucy Oakley, Alfie Williams by Tony PayneOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA (13648117)

Koenigsberger holds all the county schools records and has had podium finishes twice in this event in previous years: third in 2015 and again in 2018.

Lucy is a member of West Norfolk AC and Shaftesbury Barnet AC, and trains at Thetford under coach Gary Howe.

Alfie Williams was selected to compete in the Intermediate Boys shot. This is Alfie’s third time for selection in this competition.

He currently sits among the UK top five, but it is so close among those at the top. This means it will be a closely fought competition.

Williams has just finished his GCSE exams at Downham Market Academy and has had a busy year of training, revising, and competing and has had a successful year so far.

Training hard was his answer to revision stress. The West Norfolk AC member is coached by Al Williams, Stuart Carlaw and Marianne Oakley.

It is a first-time selection for another Downham Academy Year 8 student, Lucy Oakley, in the Junior girls shot.

Oakley trains as part of the same team of coaches as Alfie, but Lucy competes for Ryston Runners AC.

Lucy has had a fantastic debut year, breaking records for her club and is hoping to do well in Birmingham.

Another first-timer is Christian Tansey – another good, constantly improving young athlete who also attends KES in Year 8.

Tansey will compete in the Junior Boys 100m and the team relay.

Tansey is coached by Wally Oliver at West Norfolk AC who has really brought Christian on in his first season at the club.

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