Dani’s magnificent seven

Wigan Harriers members Dani McGifford, right, with coach Sharon Walls
Wigan Harriers members Dani McGifford, right, with coach Sharon Walls

WIGAN Harrier Dani McGifford will be competing in England’s colour in not just one but seven events at the Home Countries Championships.

The 18-year-old and 2012 English Schools Combined Events heptathlon gold medalist will be competing in the high jump, long jump, shot put, javelin, hurdles 200m and 400m over the weekend of August 3 and 4 for her country.

On her selection, McGifford said: “I was just great to be selected for England and really rounds off a good season for me.

But this is just the beginning for me. I have represented great Britain in Spain as well as being in the English Schools Championships last year and I really want to build from here.”

McGifford competed in last year’s heptathlon at the Home Countries Championships and finished fourth.

And the rising star will want a similarly successful championships this time.

Despite the lure of an athletics career, McGifford is refusing get carried away and wants to study PE at Edge Hill University.

But she is confident of handling the demands of competing at a high level as well as studying.

McGifford continued: “Next year’s world champs in America just may be able to qualify.”

McGifford’s coach, Sharon Walls said: “It’s just another step on the ladder for Dani really.

She has been on an upward curve and If she keeps going the way she’s going there’s no upper limit to what she can achieve.”

McGifford has enjoyed success for England in the past as well as Great Britain, winning gold in the long jump for England under-20s at the Welsh international last year.