Golden boy Shaun snatches dramatic Northern title win

Driffield School shot-putter Shaun Kerry won the gold medal at the Northern Indoor Championships in Sheffield
Driffield School shot-putter Shaun Kerry won the gold medal at the Northern Indoor Championships in Sheffield

Teenage shot-putter Shaun Kerry saved his best for last in the Northern Indoor Championships, his final throw earning him a gold medal.

The 14-year-old Driffield School pupil, who is a keen thrower and sprinter, focused on the shot in the event at Sheffield, at the English Institute of Sport.

Proud mum Andrea said: “The shot was the only throwing event he could compete in and he chose not to sprint at this meeting.

“He threw consistently and was second until the final throw when he pulled out all the stops to throw a massive 12.40 metres personal best, with his previous best mark with the same weight being 11.66m.

“It was a tough competition on which Shaun can build on in the the future, he is currently ranked third in the UK for shot.”

He took up athletics two years ago, initially getting involved due to his older sister Sian being a keen hurdler.

Shaun had to go along to her training sessions and decided to get involved in the action rather than standing and simply watching.

“He is improving year on year with his throwing and running, although Shaun enjoys sprint events (100 and 200 metres) in competitions, due to his age he can only compete in three events and favours throws, javelin, shot and hammer,” Andrea added.

“He does tend to make up the 4 x 100 metres relay teams, however.”

Shaun enjoyed a fantastic 2015, medalling in many events, some of which were national meetings, and also attending English Schools competitions.

“This year he has set his sights on not only attending English Schools but medalling there too,” Andrea continued.

“The only problem being he will have to make a choice as to which discipline he chooses as you can only compete in one.

“Sunday was a great start to what Shaun hopes will be another successful year.

“He is supported greatly by his fantastic coaches and is also getting additional support from Wolds Way Gym but he is very driven personally.”

“I am very proud as Shaun trains really hard in all weathers right through the winter.

“He puts his all into everything he does so it’s lovely to see him do well. He really deserves it.”