Barney Corrall took the top spot on the podium at The School Games National Final.
The School Games National Finals took place at Loughborough University between Thursday 30th August and Sunday 2nd September, with West Bridgford’s, Barney Corrall, 18, contesting the Boy’s Ambulant Long Jump competition.
Corrall, who is a T38 classified athlete, was part of the England North team and was on great form, clinching gold with a best leap of 5.23m, good for 794 points. In doing so he beat the likes of World Junior champion Karim Chan.
“I’m very happy – it’s my first gold medal so I’m very happy with that. My aim at the moment is to try and make the World Championships in Dubai next year.”
On the event itself and his highlights, he added:
“It’s just a great community; everyone is really friendly so that’s been nice. Everyone’s quite welcoming because it was my first year at the School Games.”
Now in its thirteenth year, the event – featuring over 1,000 school-age athletes – will see some of the most talented schoolchildren from across the UK compete in 11 different sports.
Some of Britain’s biggest sporting stars have previously competed at the School Games before going onto international success, including Ellie Simmons, Jonnie Peacock, Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Adam Peaty.
The School Games has provided a fantastic springboard for some of the most talented school-age athletes, with over 200 graduates of the School Games Finals competing at this year’s Commonwealth Games, winning 85 medals.
The Games, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and the home country sports councils and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, was established in 2006 after London won the bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and formed a key part of the legacy programme.