Double success for promising throwing athlete
Sasha Wilson is aiming to build on her recent double gold winning success, as she targets a personal best throw in the javelin, writes Hannah Dolman.
The 12-year-old from Whepstead is hoping to secure an unexpected spot on the English Schools Athletics Association Championships team, with one more opportunity at next weekend’s Anglian Schools Track and Field Championships.
But the Horringer Court Middle School pupil will need to throw a personal best of just under three metres for a place.
Mum Michelle said this is ‘more than achievable’ for Sasha who regularly throws ‘well beyond’ her 31 metre and 3 centimetre best during training sessions.
“It’s hard under the pressure of competition,” she said. “But Sasha definitely has the ability – although it would be an incredible achievement to make the English Schools Championships this year.
“Next year is probably a more realistic goal – she will be that much better, and stronger, but if she can make it this year, then brilliant.”
Sasha is ‘very pleased’ to have already won two county-level gold medals at javelin, winning the Suffolk Schools Athletics Championships on May 3 at West Suffolk Athletics Arena – her home stadium as a member of the West Suffolk Athletics Club – in the junior girls (under 15) event with a throw of 30.01.
She then followed this performance with gold at the Suffolk County Athletics Championship on May 13 in Ipswich, in the under 15 age group with another throw just over 30 metres.
Sasha also won silver in both the hammer and the shot put events – although these are not her speciality events.
Michelle said the achievement was made the more impressive by Sasha’s youth, competing in an age category several years above her own – due to her birthday she has had to move up to the Under 15s despite being only 12.
Michelle said Sasha had been competing for the past two years, as she followed in the footsteps of her older sister Alana, who has competed for Norfolk in the English Schools Championships in the past on the track.