Hallamshire Harriers athlete Erin Lobley bidding to be the new Jessica Ennis-Hill

Erin Lobley, centre, on the podium after her shot put gold at the Scottish National Indooors in Glasgow. Photo: Bobby Gavin
Erin Lobley, centre, on the podium after her shot put gold at the Scottish National Indooors in Glasgow. Photo: Bobby Gavin
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A young Rotherham athlete bidding to follow in the footsteps of Jessica Ennis-Hill, has landed three gold medals and a silver and broken three major records in an eight day spell.

Twelve-year-old Erin Lobley won shot put gold at the Scottish National Indoors last weekend in a championship record of 10.60m and an indoor national record of 10.06 which has stood since 1985.

And she took silver in the high jump with a leap of 1.42m.

The previous week, the girl who wants to follow Ennis-Hill as an Ompympic champion, had won golds in the Under-13 high jump (1.50) and shot, breaking championship records in both, at the National Indoor championships for U13s and U15s at the EIS, Sheffield.

And the Hallamshire Harriers athlete just missed a track medal, finishing fourth in the 200m at the EIS.

Now Erin, a Sheffield High School student from Laughten-en-le-Morthern, has gone straight back into training and will not compete again until late March or until the outdoor season starts.

He father Jim Lobley said: “We were a but dissapointed by the high jump in Scotland as we were expecting another record. But she couldn’t manage 1.47m so ended up with a silver.

“But you can’t be perfect everytime and it’s a good learning curve for her, especially at such a major event.”

Erin is lanked UK No 1 in shot and high jump this year, No 4 at 200m and No 5 in the long jump having won a host of other events at individual and combined events over the past year.

She has only been competing for three years and said: “When Jess won the Olympic gold that really started me off. I thought she was amazing and wanted to be just like her. I’ve always been good at sport, and enjoy it but Jess really inspired me to train hard and be the best I can.”