Sophie Hitchon just back from the European Championships in Glasgow came down to the Track to train and to share her Bronze Medal success at the Commonwealth Games with other athletes at the Club, some of whom had actually been at the Games to see her win the Medal and they were all absolutely delighted to see her.
Sophie’s success at the Commonwealth Games adds another medal to an already impressive list of honours – see below – gained at such a young age.
2007 – England Athletics U17 Open Championships HT gold
2008 – England Athletics U20 Open Championships HT gold
2009 – English Schools championships HT gold, England Athletics U20 Open Championships HT gold
2010 – Aviva European Trials & UK Championships HT silver, Aviva England U20 & World Trials Championships HT gold
2011 – BUCS Championships HT gold. Aviva World Trials & UK Championships HT gold. Aviva European U23 Trials & UK Championships HT gold
2012 – Aviva Olympic Trials & UK Championships HT gold
2013 – England Athletics U23 Championships & European Trials HT gold
Major Championships and International Highlights
2013 – IAAF World Championships HT 10th q. European Athletics Team Championships HT bronze. European Athletics U23 Championships HT gold
2012 – Olympic Games HT 12th, European Championships HT 11th
2011 – IAAF World Championships 13th q. Spar European Team Championships HT 9th. European U23 Championships HT bronze
2010 – IAAF World Junior Championships HT gold
2009 – European Junior Championships HT bronze
2008 – World Junior Championships HT 7th, Commonwealth Youth Games HT gold
On seeing Sophie’s Medal, Amy Davies simply said “I am having one of those” and who would bet against her.
The achievements of athletes like Sophie, Holly Bleasdale, Samantha Murray and Alison Leonard have shown that with real commitment and hard work anything is possible and there is no reason why young athletes shouldn’t think about their athletics future in those terms. The sky is the limit – or as we might also say – there are no limits to what you can achieve.
L-R Sophie; Rebecca Orrell 2014 English Schools Finalist and and U17 Northern Championships Silver Medal); Chloe Needham (BW&FAC); Jack Vickery (Northern League Senior Squad) Jacob Roberts (2014 English Schools Finalist and Northern Championships U15 Gold Medal); Connor Davison (YDL Upper Age Group Squad)