City of Plymouth and Tavistock athletes selected for School Games National Finals

CITY of Plymouth and Tavistock AC will both have representatives at next month’s School Games National Finals at Loughborough University.

The multi-sport competition, previously called the UK School Games, provide the opportunity for top under-17 athletes to experience a mini-Olympic type event featuring 10 sports and compete as part of a wider team.

The event will take place between September 1 to September 4 and City of Plymouth will be represented by hurdlers Poppy Northcott and Adam Dingley, while hammer thrower Phoebe Milburn will be Tavistock’s representative.

Plymouth did actually have three athletes selected by England Athletics for the prestigious competition, but double English Schools’ champion and UK leading under-17 discus thrower Nubia Evans-Shields is unavailable on those dates.

Athletes had to meet entry standards and were selected by either been the top ranked athlete from one of the home nations or in the UK top eight at the time of selection. Only eight athletes have been picked for each event from the whole of the UK.

Milburn is currently ranked sixth in the UK at under-17 level in the hammer with a best of 50.33m, while Northcott is ranked seventh in the 300m hurdles with a time of 44.47 seconds and Dingley seventh in the boys’ 100m hurdles with 13.56 seconds.

All athletes picked to compete will be drafted into eight all-star teams.


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