School-age athletes head to Birmingham

Athletes aim to make the grade at the English Schools Championships held at the Alexander Stadium

Michael Callegari (Mark Shearman)

Most of Britain’s senior elite had their first taste of national success at the English Schools Championships, held on July 5-6 this year, and the 2013 event will no doubt also prove to be a breeding ground of future champions.

Some of the entries have already been selected for the international age-group championships this summer which means that, with the IAAF World Youth Championships squad travelling to Donetsk on Monday, 14 of those who were entered to compete at the Alexander Stadium will be missing including Bobby Clay, Shannon Hylton and Haran Dunderdale.

Anyone wanting to compete in both had to put their case forward to UKA and only Morgan Lake has been given permission to appear. Ahead of her heptathlon in Ukraine, she will be trying to defend her intermediate long jump title.

With the final selection for the European Junior Championships in Rieti taking place immediately afterwards, the event will also provide a useful opportunity for some to gain qualifying standards and catch the eye of the selectors. Though some due to compete in Birmingham have already booked their places including sprinter Josh Cox, Jonathan Davies and Michael Callegari (pictured), who warm up for Italy in the senior 3000m, and Dina Asher-Smith who will run in the 200m.

In the intermediate age group, future potential internationals include javelin thrower Harry Hughes and Cheriece Hylton, who has gone to second on the UK under-17 300m all-time list this year, while in the junior categories, 800m runner Markhim Lonsdale, long jumper Patrick Sylla and Katy-Ann McDonald are set to be in action.

» This is an extract from a more in-depth preview available in the July 4 issue of AW which is available online here or from most WHSmith, Tesco and other leading stores. There will be live coverage from Birmingham from 2pm on Saturday on Sky Sports 1. For an event timetable see here.

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