SEVERAL of Toni Minichiello’s training group have put a spring in his step after recent successes.
Minichiello, who guided Sheffield heptathlete Jessica Ennis to an Olympic Games gold medal in London last summer, has plenty of potential stars who train under his guidance at the English Institute of Sport.
At last weekend’s English Athletics Open Indoor Championships at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham 17-year-old Silverdale school student Nikita Campbell-Smith won the under 20 women’s triple jump with a distance of 11.96 metres.
Campbell-Smith has recently moved to the city but still competes for Birmingham’s Birchfield Harriers athletics club. Minichiello said: “Nikita still has two years left as a junior athlete so it was an excellent performance.”
In the under 15 category, Sheffield’s Rebecca Oliver picked up her first national medal with third place in the high jump with a height of 1.59m.
Meanwhile at the Gatorade British Universities Championships at the EIS, University of Sheffield student Jazmin Sawyers extended her personal best in the long jump last weekend. Sawyers, aged 18, produced a leap of 6.22 metres to finish second.
Sheffield Hallam University’s Mo Sasegbon won the men’s high jump while fellow Hallam student Karla Drew put behind her the disappointment of not finishing the recent British Championships by coming second in the 60 metre hurdles.
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