Strong England Athletics team set to shine in the Bahamas
England Athletics and Commonwealth Games England are delighted to announce the selection of the 25 athletes for the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas. With European Youth medallists Holly Mills, Isabelle Boffey and Anna Burt selected alongside athletes having a breakthrough season the team looks set for a successful championships.
The Games which begin with the opening ceremony on Tuesday 18 July will see athletes from 71 nations and territories gathering on the island of New Providence.
Team Leader Scott Grace said, “We are very excited as we anticipate a very successful Commonwealth Youth Games. We are taking a team that has the potential to produce some very impressive performances and we are now working with them and their coaches to ensure the best possible performance.
“On the team there are young athletes who have already enjoyed success in International Championships. We have the gold and silver medallists from the European Youth Championships in Isabelle Boffey and Anna Burt, as well as the long jump champion Holly Mills.
“But the team staff are also very impressed by athletes who have made great progressions this year to earn selection. It’ a privilege to be able to give them the opportunity to compete at this level. Having seen how athletes who have competed at previous Games have performed and then gone on to impress at senior level
“We are sure we will be made very welcome by the people of the Bahamas and look forward to being a part of a memorable Games.”
Athletes who have competed at previous Commonwealth Youth Games include British record holder for 100m and 200m Dina Asher-Smith (Club: Blackheath & Bromley, Coach: John Blackie), 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games long jump silver medallist Jaz Sawyers (Club: City of Stoke, Coach: Kelly Sotherton) and sub 10 sec 100m man Chijindu Ujah (Enfield & Haringey, Jonas Dodoo).
The athletics events will be held from Thursday 20 July to Sunday 23 July.
England Team for Commonwealth Youth Games
Vera Chinedu; Event: 100m (Cambridge Harriers, Ryan Freckleton)
Chad Miller; Event: 200m (Hercules Wimbledon, Paul Miller)
Georgina Adam; Event: 200m (Lincoln Wellington, Denise Timmis)
Amber Anning; Event: 200m (Brighton & Hove, Steve King)
Emma Alderson; Event: 400m (Liverpool Harriers & AC, Steve Carroll)
Joshua Allen; Event: 800m (Middlesbrough (Mandale), Martin Peevor)
Alex Botterill; Event: 800m (City of York, Andrew Henderson)
Isabelle Boffey; Event: 800m (Enfield & Haringey, Douglas Stone)
Anna Burt; Event: 800m (Team Bath, Kevin Brunt)
Luke Duffy; Event: 1500m (Mansfield Harriers, Richard Massey)
Joshua Lay; Event: 1500m (Rugby & Northampton, Anthony Love)
Olivia Mason; Event: 1500m (Border Harriers, Graeme Mason)
Anna Smith; Event: 1500m (Newark AC, Richard Massey)
Claudia Lance-Jones; Event: 3000m (Guildford & Godalming, Sue Goode)
Jack Sumners; Event: 110m Hurdles (Stratford-upon-Avon, Paul Bearman)
Sam Bennett; Event: 110m Hurdles (Basildon AC, Steve Surety)
Pippa Earley; Event: 100m Hurdles (Kingston & Poly, John Shepherd/ Lloyd Cowan)
Seamus Derbyshire; Event: 400m Hurdles (City of Stoke, Derek Yeomans)
Joshua Faulds; Event: 400m Hurdles (Rugby & Northampton, James Wright)
Holly Mills; Event: Long Jump (Andover AC, James Coney)
Lucy Hadaway; Event: Long Jump (City of York, Matt Barton)
Gaia Osborne; Event: Shot (City Of Portsmouth, Bronwin Carter)
Serena Vincent; Event: Shot (City Of Portsmouth, Bronwin Carter)
Don Baker; Event: Javelin (Ipswich Harriers, David Hughes)
Emma Howe; Event: Javelin (West Cheshire, Dave McKay)
Supporting staff team
Team Leader: Scott Grace
Team Manager: Andy Day
Team Manager: Alison Potts
Sprints Coach: Clarence Callender
Endurance Coach: Charlotte Fisher
Throws Coach: Ivan Washington
Field Coach: Joe Frost
Physio: Stuart Butler
Physio: Claire Lawrence