Hooper aims high

TILLY HOOPER confirmed her position as the nation’s best U15 female pole vaulter on Saturday. The 14-year-old from Merstham set a championship-best performance of 3.43 metres when winning the England age-group title at Bedford. She beat her nearest competitor by 23 centimetres. The Reigate Grammar School pupil was already ranked…

Gardner tops national rankings

Young athletes competing at the South of England U15s and 17s Championships at Watford last weekend found the weather challenging on Saturday where heavy rain made conditions for spectators slippery and miserable for athletes. Yet this failed to daunt pole vaulter Nathan Gardner who, competing in the U15 boys’ competition,…