Hammer star Shaun wins English Schools title

Shaun Kerry, centre, shows off his gold medal at the English Schools Athletics Championships
Shaun Kerry, centre, shows off his gold medal at the English Schools Athletics Championships

Driffield teenager Shaun Kerry’s superb form continued at the weekend as he won the hammer event at the English Schools Athletics Championships at Gateshead.

The 14-year-old Driffield School pupil knew Sunday’s competition would be a tough one with two other athletes also throwing over 50 metres.

Shaun Kerry shows off his winning throw of 60.85 at Gateshead

Shaun Kerry shows off his winning throw of 60.85 at Gateshead

Kerry kept his nerve under pressure and was the only competitor to get all throws out.

All the hammer throwers had three throws and the leading eight earned three further throws.

Kerry’s third throw saw him set a new PB but it was the fifth throw, a massive 60.85m, that got the loudest cheer, and saw him earn the gold medal.

Shaun’s mum Andrea said: “Although Shaun was in the lead for the entire competition, anything can happen in hammer throwing.

“As the final hammer was thrown, Shaun couldn’t stop smiling. This is the ultimate goal as a young athlete, to win a gold medal and be English Schools champion.”

Andrea added: “Shaun is a totally dedicated athlete who trains hard in all weathers year round, as parents Rich and I are so proud that all his hard work and effort has paid off.

“Many thanks must go to his equally dedicated coach Dave Smith, who is a former Olympian and Commonwealth Games medallist in the hammer, and to Wolds Way to Health, also to Driffield School for their support.”