ATHLETICS: Now golden girl Kelly sets sights on European Juniors

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DONCASTER javelin-ace Kelly Bramhald immediately turned her attentions to testing herself against the best the continent has to offer after leaving her domestic rivals in her wake at the Aviva English Schools’ Track and Field Championships in Gateshead at the weekend.

The 18-year-old was back to facing familiar faces at Gateshead International Stadium after testing herself against the seniors last month at the Olympic Trials, finishing tenth while London 2012-bound Goldie Sayers eased to victory.

And the customary surroundings clearly suited the Hall Cross Academy pupil as Bramhald walked away with the senior javelin gold medal thanks to a best of 46.45m.

But rather than sit back and admire her achievement, Bramhald was already targeting her next starring role, setting her sights on next year’s European Junior Championships in Italy as the perfect setting to do just that.

“I am absolutely ecstatic with the gold, I still can’t believe it now and I won’t stop smiling for a while I think,” said Doncaster AC starlet Bramhald, who follows in some illustrious footsteps by claiming a medal at the English Schools – London 2012-bound Jess Ennis, Jack Green and Andy Turner having all started their careers at Aviva Athletics Academy schemes.

“I think I competed well. I didn’t throw my best technically but I am over the moon.

“The target coming in was to get the gold medal and I have achieved my goal so I couldn’t be happier.

“It is the first medal I have won at English Schools and this is my sixth and last time coming here and I am so happy to finally have a medal.

“It means I end on the ultimate high because it is the highlight of my career so far. Next year I have the European Junior Championships in Italy and it will be a massive achievement just to make it there so that is my next target.”

Bramhald wasn’t the only athlete flying the flag for Doncaster in Gateshead, with Ridgewood School pupil Aiden Davies claiming silver in the 400m inter hurdles event.

Danum School Technology College’s Beth Dobbin also finished with silver, this time in the senior 200m with a new personal best time of 24.70 seconds to leave her toasting a job well done on her debut in the competition.

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