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Golden wonders

PUBLISHED: 08:00 29 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:48 06 July 2010

Mark Boggis

THEY came, they saw, they conquered and now they are determined to compete on the international stage again.

Six talented teenagers from Lowestoft stunned more than 600 athletes from France as they blitzed their rivals with a real golden run at the French National Championships last week.

THEY came, they saw, they conquered and now they are determined to compete on the international stage again.

Six talented teenagers from Lowestoft stunned more than 600 athletes from France as they blitzed their rivals with a real golden run at the French National Championships last week.

Kimberley Aspland, Lewis Pryke, Holly Durbidge, Chelsea Dixon, Declan Manning and Adam Szucs from the Ashley School were part of a successful 24 strong England squad for the European event, which featured club teams from across France.

The 20,000 seater stadium in Paris did not faze the youngsters, as the talented teens from the special school in Ashley Downs entered 16 events - and remarkably returned home with 12 first places, two seconds, a third and one fourth place…..as well as registering 11 personal bests and breaking four national records.

And paying tribute to their successes, proud PE teachers Jackie and Roger Milton said: “They went beyond all our expectations. The atmosphere in the stadium was amazing and to hear our athletes being called out with their name as they represented Great Britain was something else.

“The youngsters showed tremendous commitment, dedication, determination and sheer guts, which made them a credit to be with. They performed with pride, were proud to wear an England vest and were a credit to themselves, their families, the school, the City of Norwich AC and Lowestoft.

“The next few years could be really exciting, but they will need to train hard and compete when they can.”

Equally delighted with their successes, Nick Cherry - the chairman of Kingsley Healthcare - who have helped to sponsor the youngsters, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the performance of the squad. It's clearly pleasing to us that the training we have been funding has paid off together with their hard work.

“We look forward to continuing this arrangement leading up to the Paralympics,” he added.

Results:

Chelsea Dixon: 200m - first, 29:01 (PB). 1500m - 1st, 5.43:74 (PB and NR).

Kimberley Aspland (who was competing despite being two years younger): 200m - 2nd (behind Chelsea) 32:50 (PB). 800m - 1st 2.51:30 (PB and NR).

Holly Durbidge: 100m - second, 14:89 (PB). Discus - 1st, 21:32 (PB and NR).

Lewis Pryke (one year younger): Javelin - first 33.30 (PB and NR). Long Jump: Third 4.71m.

Adam Szucs: 100m - first, 12.54 (PB). 300m - first, 40.94 (PB).

Declan Manning: Discus - first, 22.16m (PB). 800m - first, 2.32:80 (PB).

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