Earlier this term, Josh Clarke (Lower Fifth) competed in the South East Javelin Festival, with his throw of 48.56m putting him in fifth place for England and sixth place for the UK in the U15 category.
Josh, who has been training in Javelin since primary school with appearances in the Nationals, currently competes with the Brighton and Hove Athletics Club. He is moving up to the 700g javelin this year as part of the U17 cohort, and hopes to qualify for the English Schools’ Athletics Championships next year. Alongside dedicated training with his Javelin coach at the club, Josh is working to a specialist gym programme devised by Bede’s Head of Strength and Conditioning, Tony Morriss, in preparation.
Josh says, “It was really exciting to compete in the South East Javelin Festival, and I am really pleased with the result. Javelin is a great sport, as you can see the results of your hard work in front of you when you throw, and when you do throw a long distance it’s very satisfying. I am looking forward to continuing with my training and competing again soon.
David Byrne, Director of Sport at Bede’s, comments, “Many congratulations to Josh for such an impressive performance at this prestigious competition. This is a fantastic achievement, and is very highly deserved. We look forward to seeing what Josh will achieve next.”