Wigan's Emily Borthwick to fly British flag at European Indoor Championships

Wigan high jumper Emily Borthwick is on course to make her senior Great Britain debut after being added to the national squad to compete at the European Athletics Indoor Championships next month.

Thursday, 25th February 2021, 3:06 pm
Emily Borthwick set a new PB last Sunday

The 23-year-old is one of six athletes added to the original squad for the event, which takes place in Torun, Poland from March 4 to 7.

She cleared a personal best of 1.87m at the British Athletics European Indoor Selection Trials in Loughborough at the weekend.

Though it wasn't the qualifying standard - which was 1.96m - she received confirmation of her call-up today.

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"I didn't expect it," said the Wigan Harrier, who is studying at Loughborough University. "I was in a lecture on Teams when I got a text to say I'd been picked! I was made up, I couldn't believe it."

She will not be the only athlete from the borough involved - 18-year-old Keely Hodgkinson, who hails from Leigh and is coached by Wigan's Trevor Painter, is set to compete in the 800m.

Joel Khan (high jump), Morgan Lake (high jump), Charlie Myers (pole vault), Jazmin Sawyers (long jump) and Amelia Strickler (shot put) all join the British team.