Kate narrowly misses out on Gold

Kate Pattison
Kate Pattison

Caistor Grammar School pupil Kate Pattison came away with a silver medal from the prestigious English Schools track and field athletics championships at Gateshead International Stadium last Friday.

This brings together the best athletes from every county in the country to compete against each other. Held in front of a full stadium, the athletes were encouraged by stars such as Geoff Capes, Iwan Thomas and Brendan Foster.

The event is held in such high regard that Sky Sports broadcast live from the championships.

Kate 15 years competed in the junior girls shot putt competition and was pitched against 14 other athletes from across the country.

Each of the competing athletes must reach a qualifying standard in the weeks leading up to the championships, before being allowed to step out into the arena.

Kate started her training for this event back in September of last year with her coach who is based over the bridge in Hull. This involved several months of winter strength and conditioning training, before stepping out onto the athletics field in April.

All of the athletes are given three throws, then the top eight go through to the final for a further three throws.

In round one Kate threw 10m 44cm, which was well below her recent good form where she was consistently throwing well over 11m.

This distance put her in fourth place at the end of the first round and well down on the 11m 49cm thrown by an athlete from Wiltshire schools.

Round two proved much better for Lincolnshire Schools athlete Kate, when she threw 11m 56cm to take first place.

This lead was however short lived as the Wiltshire athlete went one better with 11m 87cm, which is where they remained at the half way point.

With three more throws to come, Kate knew she had to throw a personal best to go into first place for the gold medal.

After some great throws from both of the leading athletes Kate did exceptionally well and finished with 11m 65cm, behind the Wiltshire athlete who pulled a 12m 52 cm out of the bag.

Kate was absolutely delighted to come away from the championships with a silver medal, which was presented by Olympic medallist Brendan Foster.

Proudly wearing her medal, Kate is now focussing on the North of England and England athletics championships where she will compete in both the shot put and discus.