DONCASTER AC: England star passes on tips to next generation

On track: Youngsters enjoying a variety of athletics events this week at the Keepmoat Stadium complex.                            Picture: Steve taylor
On track: Youngsters enjoying a variety of athletics events this week at the Keepmoat Stadium complex. Picture: Steve taylor
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DONCASTER Athletic Club hope one day to boast an Olympic Games track and field star.

The club have made rapid strides since moving to the Keepmoat Stadium complex in 2007 and they enjoyed their best-ever medal haul in the recent English Schools’ Championship at Gateshead.

Most of the medallists, along with England multi-events international Nichole Bewley, were on hand to pass on a few top tips to youngsters attending their two Olympic Startrack courses at the stadium this week.

“We didn’t run one last year due to low numbers but we were determined to run a course this year with it being an Olympic year even if numbers were low,” said club coach Barry Barnes. “We are pleased that we did because the response was very good. A lot of the kids on the courses were club members but there were a lot who weren’t and we are hoping that some of them will join.”

One of the girls helping out in the sprinting and jumps, was senior girls’ 200m silver medallist Beth Dobbin.

“I think the course is a great idea,” she told The Star. “One of the ideas of the course was to give the youngsters the chance to try a variety of events to see what they are best at. I think that it is a good idea for anyone joining a club to give everything a try.

“I used to run middle-distance when I first joined the club before I turned to sprinting when I was about 12. I used to run the 100m but my start let me down so I switched to the 200m at the start of last year. I’ve knocked a second off my time this year and my personal best is now down to 24.7 - only 0.14 off the European qualifying time.”