Harrogate student takes javelin Gold in England debut

George Davies
George Davies

A King James’s School pupil clinched his first major title competing in the javelin at the SIAB Schools’ Track and Field International on Saturday.

George Davies, 16, threw a personal best of 70.07m to secure first place at the Cardiff International Sports Stadium on his first appearance for England.

The youngster had been in fine form coming into the competition after winning the Silver medal in the Intermediate Boys Javelin at the English Schools Track and Field competition with a throw of 67.91m.

He said: “This weekend was a great result for me in my first International competition.

“The win comes after a lot of intense training and hours with my working hard on fitness and technique with my coach Paul. My next goal is to qualify for the World Youths in 2015 and to compete at this highest stage.”

The win sets George up perfectly for his final three competitions, includiing the Northern and UK Championships and the UK School Games where the athlete is again aiming to beat hisbest.

His coach, Paul Wilson, said: “I have coached George Davies since he first started throwing in 2011 and he has improved massively in not just distance and technique but also his attitude. He has grown as an athlete who trains his heart out to get the rewards.

“The target we agreed on for this year was for George to win an England vest. He not only achieved this but he beat the new British record holder by three metres. George has also achieved the standard for the World Youth Championships where I believe he is a true medal prospect.”

Davies was not the only athlete who performed well at the English Schools competition. Harrogate Harrier Robert Etherington claimed bronze in the inter boys 1500sc.

George Mills claimed a personal best in the inter boys 800m final and, despite being bottom of his age group, the 15-year-old finished in an impressive 1:56.45 to clinch sixth place.

Millie Howard finished sixth in the inter girls 800m final on Sunday after setting a personal best of 2:12.32 in the qualifiers the day before.

Fellow King James’s pupil Josie Parry competed in the senior girls’ hurdles event and was also part of the county’s 4 x 100m relay team that achieved a national standard time.