The first stories of great things came on Day 2 of the Japan Open in Tokyo. Three DIS swimmers were taking part in a two week tour of the Far East with British Swimming. The end of the tough training camps were marked with a 3 day event at the Tatsumi International pool in Tokyo, Japan. The second day of the open saw two medals for DIS swimmers. Imogen Clark swam a great race to win gold in the 50m breaststroke with Sarah Vasey claiming bronze in the same race. On the final day Molly Renshaw achieved silver in the 200m breaststroke.
DIS also had success at the Glasgow International Badminton Championships. Lucy Atkins and Abi Hong proved a strong doubles team; coming away from the Championships with a Bronze medal in the U13 age group. It is great to see them having success in doubles as well as individually this season.
The Loughborough International Athletics meet on Sunday proved to be a great opportunity for DIS athletes to shine. Niamh Emerson was the first DIS athlete to compete, taking part in the high jump as part of the British Athletics Junior team. Niamh was using this opportunity as her season opener for high jump and wanted to get back her competitive mindset after a winter focusing on her training rather than competing. Niamh cleared 1.83m to come third, 6cm short of her personal best but a great result for her.
Alex Knibbs, who made his GB debut in the European Youth Championships last season, was picked to compete in the 4 x 400m relay squad for GB juniors. Alex also featured as a guest in the 400mH where he ran a tremendous race knocking a second off his personal best! Jess Turner continued the winning ways of DIS hurdlers by winner her 400mH race wearing a Loughborough vest and maintaining her championship title. Our talented sprint hurdler, Alicia Barrett, also wearing a GB juniors vest, came 2nd with a great time of 13.18 in the 100mH. Whilst, Emily Coope, the youngest of our athletes on the day, came second in her 100m guest race clocking 12.18. This was Emily’s first time at Loughborough International and great preparation for July when she will compete again in the 100m at the British Championships.
Further South in London Ben Connor was flying the DIS flag at Highgate Harriers Night of 10,000m. Ben had a great race achieving a new personal best of 28.46.45. This 10,000m race incorporates the British Championships, so Ben also took home the bronze medal.
What a talented bunch of athletes we have! Congratulations to all the team at home and abroad.