Emily Borthwick tipped to reach the higher ground

Emily Borthwick

Emily Borthwick

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EMILY Borthwick has been tipped for bigger and better things after storming to highjump gold at the English Schools’ Championships.

The 17-year-old Wigan Harrier cleared 1.78m in Gateshead to claim top spot on the podium in the Under-20s.

I knew I had to pull something out of the bag, and I was made up to get the win

Emily Borthwick

Her coach Trevor Painter has backed her to use it as a stepping stone towards future success.

She said: “She is still learning and developing her high jump skills and has only been specialising in this event for the past six months, so I’m very happy with her progress.

“Winning the English Schools title is a massive achievement and to jump 1.78m, her second best height, shows she can do it when it matters.

“Hopefully she will take a lot of confidence from this.

“She has had a great season, gaining her first GB vest back in May, so if she works hard this winter hopefully 2016 will see more improvements.”

Borthwick’s winning leap – 2cm short of her personal best – marked a return to form for the St John Rigby College student.

She said: “It was a bit of a shock, because I haven’t been doing well recently. I’m not sure why, but I was only jumping around 1.60s and it was getting me down.

“I knew I had to pull something out of the bag, and I was made up to get the win, especially as this is my first year at Under-20s.”

Last year, Borthwick won gold at the Under-17s national championship and backed that up earlier this season with her first Great Britain vest. She will represent England North at the Welsh Open later this month.

Amelia Jennings-McLaughlin was second. She also competes for Liverpool Pembroke Sefton and is coached by Susan Moncrieff (formerly Jones), the ex-Commonwealth Games medalist.

Other Wigan Harriers were in action at Gateshead.

In the pole vault, Abigail Roberts was second in the Under-20s with 3.85m – the same height as the winner – and 15cm short of her season’s best.

In the same event, Fiona Hockey was 6th (3.45m) and Hannah Newell was 10th (2.90m). Both also compete for Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde.

Emily’s brother Connor Borthwick was 15th in the Under-17s highjump with 1.82m.

l JENNY Meadows experienced mixed fortunes with her European adventure this week.

The 34-year-0ld returned to winning ways with a victory in Belgium, clocking 2:00.56 in the 800m, last weekend.

But on Tuesday night she was 7th in a high-quality race in Switzerland, clocking 2:01.90. Scotland’s Lynsey Sharp, who beat Meadows in the World trials, was 4th with 1:59.72.