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Birchfield Harriers Academy Success

We at Birchfield have had many successes, through our academy program throughout the years. Athletes include Jade Surman, Rob Davis, who represented Great Britain a number of times internationally at events such as World Juniors. Moreover another produce saw Ed Dunford qualified for 2008 Olympics, before an unfortunate and critical injury. Such young athletes who have come from programs similar to this, developed successful athletes such as Katharine Merry. Who as we know eventually went on to win Olympic Bronze in Sydney 2004.

Our most recent, and early produce comes from for North Birmingham Academy,  Lemayah Isaacs. Lemayah, who recently graduated from Birchfield Academy program, won the Great Birmingham Schools Sprint trials (for Year 7s) at Great Barr School on the 10th of May. This lead her to compete in the finals, representing Birmingham at the Great Schools Sprint Finals, which took place last weekend at the Great City Games in Manchester.  She won the finals convincingly against other cities, over 150m in a time of 21.14 seconds. This performance is compared with the main event were Olympic champion Allyson Felix, ran the distance in 16.36. Similarly on the same day, one of  Birchfield’s most prestigious athletes Mark Lewis-Francis also competed at the street race, in the men’s 100m, running in a solid time of 10.38, equalling his windy time ran in the Doha Diamond League on the the previous week.

Furthermore, Lemayah is again one of our many Academy success stories, which also includes their developing coaches. Lamayah’s current coach, Sharon Morris somewhat developed her through the academy level into a club level athlete. However not only has Sharon shown success in producing young talent, she is also one of our other Birchfield coaches that have recently been selected as World Youth coaches for Great Britain & NI later this summer. More to come on this story nearing the games.

Additionally other academy success include Romario Antonio.  He  began his athletic debut competing a few months ago, after coming through the club  academy, at the Birchfield  Open. Romario won the 100m in a time of 11.84 sec  and also the 200m in a time of  24.48 sec. Although  this was exceptional Romario didn’t stop there and  he went on to contend for the regional championships title in Leicester last weekend. putting on a great performance he is now Warwickshire 200m  u15 boy Champion where he won the race in 23.46 sec.
(photography by William Hollingshead, information provided form Sharon Morris and Neville Facey edited by Edi)

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