Team GB selections for two talented youngsters for national competitions

TEAM GB CALL-UP: Emily Moyes after taking gold in record-breaking style in the 2,000m steeplechase at the British University Championships in Bedford
TEAM GB CALL-UP: Emily Moyes after taking gold in record-breaking style in the 2,000m steeplechase at the British University Championships in Bedford

British Athletics will be represented by two young prospects with local connections.

Stowmarket’s Emily Moyes has been selected by Team GB for the European Junior Championships in Grosseto, Italy on July 20-23.

WORLD CHAMPS-BOUND: Race walker Callum Wilkinson after setting a new national junior record at the Euro Junior Champs in Sweden

WORLD CHAMPS-BOUND: Race walker Callum Wilkinson after setting a new national junior record at the Euro Junior Champs in Sweden

The 18-year-old won the U20 England Athletics Championships 3,000m Steeplechase on Sunday at the Bedford International Athletic Stadium.

She took victory on one of the hottest days of the year and was among 32 athletes given the nod by selectors.

She said: “It’s like a dream come true — I don’t think it’s going to feel real until I’m on the plane.”

Meanwhile, race walker Callum Wilkinson will have the chance to rubber-stamp his place in the Great Britain squad for August’s World Athletics Championships in London this weekend.

The Moulton athlete has already met the 84-minute time requirement over 20km.

All that is now needed to guarantee a spot in the squad is a top-two finish at the British Grand Prix of Race Walking in Leeds on Sunday.

“Because I already have the time I am relaxed, but I am still very motivated,” said the 20-year-old.

“It will be great if I can secure my place on the start-line for London.”