Sunday, 26th April 2015
Kayli English proudly became the Blue Vests’ first wheelchair athlete and netted success at her first major championships today.
The North West Regional Athletics Championships for Disabled and Deaf Athletes were held at SportCity in Manchester, and her bronze in the 100m racing wheelchair, competing in the U16 class against girls two years her senior, was gained in 34.0 seconds. It qualified her for the Nationals at Warwick University in Coventry in June, being comfortably under the 36.0s requirement.
The 13-years-old followed it up with a good performance at Woodbank Park in Stockport a week later. Two medals at the 100m were netted – third overall and first in her age group. Coach Angela Pilling praised her achievements, and hoped that it will be the first of many, both individually and for the club as a whole.
Training sessions in for athletes interested in racing wheelchairs have been extended and now take place every Wednesday 6pm – 7pm, with two sessions on Thursdays (10am – Noon and 5.30pm – 6.30pm). Participants do NOT need to be a wheelchair user and it is hoped that a new BUH&AC team for athletic competition can be formed. Wheelchairs, helmets and gloves are provided.
If you would like to join Kayli and BUH&AC, please PHONE 07805 553338 (Ange) or EMAIL the club Membership Team: membership@ boltonunitedharriers.co.uk