Talented Year 9 Athlete Wins Gold!
Qi'-Chi as well as being a busy Year 9 student has also been very busy over the last two months with her athletics.
Every February, young athletes from across England, Scotland, Wales and N.I are invited to compete at the UK Indoor National Age Group Championships in Sheffield. The invitation is based on their overall National rankings for their events. The championship takes place over two days.
This year was the first event since 2020 due to COVID-19 limitations, regarding sports activity. On 12th and 13th February at the event being held at the England Institute of Sport Arena, Sheffield, Qi'-Chi went up against some of the best athletes in the country within the U15 girls age group for both the High Jump and the Long Jump.
Qi'-Chi’s hard work was rewarded with a Gold in the High Jump after a clearance of 1.64m, she also finished 5th overall in the Long Jump rounding off a very busy day in Sheffield. Please click HERE to read the official England Athletics report.
On 30th January at the London Indoor Games held at Lee Valley, Qi'-Chi set her personal best of 1.66m in the High Jump. This currently ranks her 2nd overall nationally, with her only being 5cm away from getting onto the UK all time U15 ranking list.
Qi'-Chi also competed at Lee Valley on 15/16th January at the Regional South of England Indoor Championships. Her events this time were the High Jump, Long Jump and Triple Jump which she was attempting for the first time.
Over a 4 hour stretch she won gold medals in all three events, a fantastic achievement! She set a new PB in the Long Jump of 5.36m. This was her first ever competition attempt in the Triple Jump and her 10.52m winning distance was again just 8cm away from getting onto the U15 UK girls all time ranking list, at her very first competition for this event. Qi'-Chi jumped 1.64m in the High Jump, just missing her 1.65m PB at the time.
Currently, Qi'-Chi is ranked nationally 1st in Triple Jump, 2nd in High Jump and 3rd in Long Jump. See link HERE British Athletics rankings information.
Her aim for the rest of the season is to prepare for the Kent Indoor Championships in March and then the Outdoor Athletic season from Easter onwards.
Even with her very busy training and competing schedule Qi'-Chi has still been working hard at all of her studies, getting excellent grades in all her subjects. She was recently awarded a certificate in Maths for her excellent grades.
Qi'-Chi’s parents would like to thank Mrs Newman, Miss Creaney and Mrs Aitken for all of their support, along with a message of thanks to all of her teachers for their guidance.