"Anderson High School S5 pupil and athlete, Lucy Holden, followed up her recent High Jump silver medal success at the Scottish Schools’ Athletics Championships by making the long journey south to Kent to wear a Scotland vest in the same event at the Schools’ International Athletics Board Track and Field International. The competition between the Scottish, English, Welsh and Irish Schools’ Athletic Associations held at the Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford last Saturday took place in warm humid conditions.
As one of eight girls jumping on the day, Lucy elected to enter the competition at a height of 1.51 metres. She cleared the bar at this height with her first attempt. With the bar raised to 1.56 metres Lucy failed with her first attempt, but remained confident that a clearance of what would be a Season Best height was possible. At her second attempt Lucy touched the bar on the way down, but it stayed on to count as a clearance. The other Scottish athlete and one of the Welsh athletes competing failed with all three of their attempts at the same height, leaving Lucy and five athletes (two each from the English and Irish Teams, and one from the Welsh Team who had still to arrive at the High Jump area) in the competition. The competition progressed, but in energy draining conditions Lucy could not go on to achieve what would have been a Personal Best by clearing 1.61 metres, which was the next height. With the second Welsh Team jumper arriving from the 80 metre hurdles, electing to jump 1.64 metres but failing with her three attempts, this meant Lucy finished a brilliant fifth.
Lucy has returned from the competition appreciating that she has had a great experience in preparation for next year’s Island Games to be held in Gotland . Lucy also now has a chance of being selected for the UK School Games to be held at Loughborough University at the beginning of September. Lucy would like to thank both her school and the Shetland Amateur Athletics Club, with who she trains and also competes, for the support given to her."