Hughes jets off like Jess

PUBLISHED: 15:30 03 July 2015

Havering's Michelle Hughes (pic: Tony Benton)

Havering's Michelle Hughes (pic: Tony Benton)


Heptathlete off to World Youth Championships

Havering’s Michelle Hughes will fly out to South America next week to represent Great Britain at the World Youth Championships in Colombia.

The 17-year-old Hughes has been picked to compete in the heptathlon and will be following in the footsteps of Olympic champion Jessica Ennis, who was fifth in 2003, and GB international Katarina Johnson-Thompson, who won gold in 2009.

The Hornchurch youngster said: “I’m really excited and proud to be going to Colombia to compete for GB at the World Youth Championships.

“My training all year has been aimed towards gaining the tough qualifying standards.

“Since I got the heptathlon mark in May I’ve been hoping I’d be selected so when I got the call it was a huge relief!”

Hughes competed in the World Schools’ Championships in the Czech Republic in 2013 and represented English Schools in the Home Countries international in Cardiff last summer.

The talented all-rounder has also competed indoors in Glasgow in December and for the England under-18s indoors in Cardiff in March.

Havering’s Lucy Sargent was sixth in the 100m in the 2005 World Youth Championships and Georgie Taylor took part in the discus in Ukraine in 2013.

The event is for athletes born in 1998 or 1999 and runs from July 15-19, with the heptathlon on July 17 and 18.

*Havering’s Kieran O’Hara won three medals at the National Learning Disability Championships at Watford.

The Corbets Tey pupil won gold in the under-17 800m in 2.22.62 and the 1,500m in a new best of 4.59.80 and took silver in the long jump with 4.50m.

Club athletes are expected to feature prominently at the English Schools’ Track & Field Cup final at Bedford tomorrow (Saturday).

The majority of the junior and intermediate girls’ teams from Coopers Coborn are club members, along with four of the intermediate squad from Brentwood Ursuline.

The competition is for the top 12 schools in the country in each age group, who will have won their way through after a series of heats and semi-finals.

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