Under 17 Throws specialist Jessica Gardiner of Morpeth Harriers achieved a Silver Medal, plus an excellent new personal best of 34.17m in the Discus competition at the Northern Athletics combined Under 13/Under15/Under17 Track and Field Championships, at Wavertree, Liverpool, on Saturday 17th August 2019,
in the first of two days of competition.
Gardiner’s previous best for the event was the 33.81m, that she had posted in the North East Grand Prix meeting at the end of July, and this latest achievement is a direct result of some superb work with her coach Neil Ellerby, that has seen her progress from a distance of 31.33m achieved back in March at Whitley Bay.
Winner of the Discus event was Kingston upon Hull’s Holly Adams, who threw a best of 35.53m.
Another event that has also seen Gardiner progress is that of the Hammer, where on Saturday,
against stern opposition, she managed to finish sixth, with a best of 36.02m,
which unfortunately in terms of distance, was well short of her best.
Saturday also marked the first time at this level, for Jessica’s younger brother Edward,
who finished eighth in the Under 15 Boys Javelin (25.98m), and tenth in the Discus (21.51m).