Athletics: Campbell-Smith and Hague selected for Junior championship

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Talented former Silverdale school student Nikita Campbell-Smith has been named in the Great Britain squad for this month’s World Junior Championship in America.

Campbell-Smith, aged 18, is most noted for her triple jump performances but has been included in 4x400m relay team after impressing with a time of 54.10 seconds at the UK Championships in Birmingham on June 28.

The World Junior Championships will take place in Eugene, Oregon, from July 22-27.

Campbell-Smith is part of coach Toni Minichiello’s team, who are based at the English Institute of Sport.

After finishing her A Levels at Silverdale this summer she hopes to start a degree course at Sheffield Hallam University.

Barnsley’s Adam Hague will be joining Campbell-Smith in Oregon after a brilliant start to the season, which has seen him add 35 centimetres to his pole vault personal best.

The 16-year-old, who competes for Dearne ALC has improved from a 2013 best of 5.00 metres to a vault of 5.35m in Mannheim, Germany, on July 6.

Hague, who won’t turn 17 until August 29, is now ranked 11th in the United Kingdom.

The man he is chasing is his club-mate and training partner Luke Cutts who has a best of 5.83m, which he achieved indoors in France in January.

Both men are coached by Trevor Fox.

The best outdoor vault by a British athlete this year is Steve Lewis’ 5.70m.

The World Junior Championships are for athletes who are 19-years-old or younger on 31 December in the year of the competition.

London 2012 heptathlon gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill competed in the 2004 version in Grosseto, Italy.

However, her eighth placed finish as an 18-year-old was only one step on her journey to greater things. Both Campbell-Smith and Hague will hope to emulate her.