This weekend saw Stephanie Brooks compete in her first Track and Field competition of the year at the Yeovil Open meeting.
With no college level competitions available, the committed athletes currently studying and training at SGS College, have been booking themselves onto the much sought after limited spaces in upcoming open meetings around the South West.
Shephanie who is a Heptathlete, competed in the U20 category for the first time in the High Jump, Long Jump and Javelin representing her club North Somerset. She competed against other athletes in the South West region, achieving personal bests in both the Long Jump at 5m07 where she came in 2nd place and the Javelin at 21m79 where she came in 3rd place. She also achieved 1m46 in the High Jump which is just below her all-time best.
Stephanie along with many of the other athletes at SGS have had limited opportunities to compete in the last year and will be looking to achieve personal bests and qualifying standards to be selected for the English Schools individual and combined events competitions. To be in with a chance for selection this year athletes must be within the top 25 in their age category.
Stephanie trains with Joy Bray at SGS College in High and Long Jump with some fine tuning of skills in the latter added by Eddie Ellis-Cooper. She has also recently started hurdles training with Andrea Garcia-Lock also from SGS College. She is coached at her club, North Somerset, by her Dad Graham Brooks in many events and is already at a very good standard, having achieved Gold in October in the Heptathlon with 3506 points and has achieved many awards from her club and school in previous years.
“Turning up at Yeovil on Saturday was amazing. It was great to be back competing. Although I was nervous coming into this as a first event as an under 20, I was soon back into the competing groove. My training at SGS has helped me focus on my weaknesses and I am looking forward to improving as the season goes on.”
Head Athletics Coach at SGS College, Andrea Garcia-Lock added:
"Stephanie is one of our first year students and in the first year of the U20 category, she has proved herself to be a great student and very committed athlete. She trains both at the College and with her club North Somerset in the Heptathlon, as well as adding in a couple of additional events to her already busy schedule. It's great to see that Steph is achieving personal bests so early on in her first competition of 2021. I can’t wait to see he progress throughout the season.”