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Thetford’s silver star Oliver Massingham represents England

PUBLISHED: 23:47 22 July 2015 | UPDATED: 23:47 22 July 2015

Discus thrower, Oliver Massingham, 16, student at Thorpe St Andrew School, who competed for England at the International Schools Championship, pictured holding his silver medal from the English Schools Championship. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Discus thrower, Oliver Massingham, 16, student at Thorpe St Andrew School, who competed for England at the International Schools Championship, pictured holding his silver medal from the English Schools Championship. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Thetford athletes Mia Browne, Levi Roper and Oliver Massingham travelled north to Gateshead to compete for their counties at the English Schools National Track and Field Championships.

Competing for Norfolk in the inter boys discus was Massingham who, after a shaky start, suddenly pulled it together and nailed an excellent 47m 08cm throw to secure second place and a much prized English Schools silver medal.

His second place also secured the opportunity to represent England, in the SIAB Schools International in Grangemouth, Scotland.

Competing again in the discus, in the 15-16 age group, Massingham was against the very best discus throwers from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. In the fifth round he pulled out a magnificent throw of 49.68m to secure a brilliant second place and silver medal in his first ever international competition.

The other Thetford athletes competing at the English Schools event included Megan Rushmore, for Norfolk in the senior girls hammer, who finished a superb ninth place with 43.55m.

Competing for Suffolk was Browne, in the inter girls hammer. She performed very well against stiff opposition and finished with a best throw of 43.55m to narrowly miss out on a place in the final.

Also competing for Suffolk was Roper in the inter boys hammer, who was up against some very seasoned hammer throwers and managed to pull out an excellent 48.51m throw to again, narrowly miss out on a place in the final.

The athletes are members of the Thetford Athletics Club throws group, coached by Gary Howe. The group is based at the Kilverstone Estate near Thetford, with introductory free sessions every Saturday from 10am to noon. For more information e-mail gary.howetac@gmail.com.


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