Fine start for Swann

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Abbie Swann has had a fine start to her outdoor athletics season.

She was recently chosen to represent a team from Northern Athletics to compete in Malta and, although it was warm, the conditions were far from ideal as there were strong winds which caused many athletes to post continuous no jumps. However, Abbie was successful in winning the long jump gold medal and the triple jump silver medal.

Subsequently, she represented the Kingston upon Hull senior team at a meeting at Costello Stadium in Hull in a competition against teams from South East Poland, South Humberside and East Midlands, together with a select guest team. Again conditions proved extremely difficult, with strong blustery winds, but Abbie jumped well enough to take the gold medal in both the long jump and the triple jump.

The Humberside County Championships were held over the first weekend of May which brought nearly perfect conditions. Abbie’s first round attempt in the long jump competition resulted in a distance equal to her personal best, set indoors at the National Championships. She then succeeded to better this with a new personal best jump of 5.62m to take the championship title. Her triple jump was below her best but good enough to win the gold medal.

York College student Abbie, 18, from Shiptonthorpe, has now qualified for both the long jump and triple jump competitions at the English Schools Championships to be held at Gateshead but unfortunately can only compete in one event.

She is delighted to have exceeded the qualifying standard for the Aviva U20 National Championships and World Trial to be held in June at Bedford International Stadium and has decided to step up two age groups to gain experience and compete as a senior in the England Athletics Senior Championships in Birmingham at the beginning of June.