Pole vaulter Jade looks to World Youth games

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Horsham’s number-one ranked pole vaulter Jade Brewster has set her sights on the World Youth Championships.

Jade, 15, dominated the pole vault at the Under-17 Championships in Bedford to finish on top of the podium. She soared to a clearance of 3m 50cm, beating UK number-two ranked Ailis McGovern into second place by ten centimetres.

The Horsham Blue Star Harrier was successful at every height, only failing on 3.65m - which would have been a new personal best and hit the qualifying mark for the World Youth Championships in Ukraine next July.

She was the last vaulter to enter the competition at 3.20m, And is confident of making an appearance in Donetsk in 2013.

Jade said: “It will be amazing to qualify.

“I have never represented England or Great britain before.

“I have definitely got it in me to clear that, I have until next April and I want to be vaulting at least 3.65m by then.”

The Sussex champion and UK number-one managed to clinch the national crown without the help of coach Mick Cole, who normally assists trackside by helping judge where Jade lands her pole.

“That was the first time I have done it like that, doing everything by myself” Jade said.

“It was tough and I was nervous, but there were perfect conditions for vaulting with no wind and the sun out.

“My first attempt at the personal best was close, but the rest were not so good, by that point I was the only one vaulting and was doing one after the other.”

Jade will now start her winter training programme with a new 13ft pole - a foot longer than she used to win on Sunday.

“I need to work on speed on my run up, my technique is ok, and hopefully everything will come together in training.”