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UK SCHOOL GAMES: Nikko’s silver service
1:07pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
DAUNTSEY’S student Nikko Hunt brought his stunning season to a close with an impressive sixth championship medal at the UK School Games in Sheffield, writes Kevin Fahey.
The 15-year-old, from Enford, near Pewsey, finished runner-up in the pole vault to match his silver medals at the British and English Schools’ Championships earlier in the season.
Those three silvers will sit nicely alongside his golds from the South West Schools’ and Wiltshire Clubs’ Championships plus a bronze from the Welsh Championships, in what has been a glittering summer.
The Team Bath athlete also broke his personal best for a remarkable fifth time, his 4.60m adding nine centimetres to his previous best.
“Nikko has shown remarkable improvement this season,” said Christian North, his Chippenham-based coach.
“At the start of this year his best was 3.55m so he has added over a metre to that which is a huge amount at this level.
“To be honest that has been far beyond both our expectations. I think we were looking at reaching 4.20 so to clear 4.60m is brilliant.”
“Nikko applies himself really well in the event and is very easy to coach.
“He listens to what I tell him and has made some significant technical improvements. He loves competing and really loves this event so hopefully he can make even more progress next year.”
There was also bronze medal success for Yatesbury’s Gemma Shepherd in Sheffield, the 15-year-old taking third in the girls’ 1500m in a time of 4:35.56..
Poulshot teenager Yasmin Kaashoek, 14, helped England South to the girls U16 volleyball title at the Games.
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