ATHLETICS: Long jumper selected for Great Britain team

Eleanor Broome  with the Great Britain team in their kit for Tbilisi
Eleanor Broome with the Great Britain team in their kit for Tbilisi

Broome to compete at European Youth Athletics Championships

Rugby & Northampton athlete Eleanor Broome has been selected in the Great British team for the European Youth Athletics Championship to be hosted in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Rugby & Northampton's Eleanor Broome in action

Rugby & Northampton's Eleanor Broome in action

The three-day competition, which begins on Thursday (July 14) will be Broome’s first appearance on the international stage, having dominated the long jump event she has participated in this year.

She has been victorious in six of her last eight long jump outings, which includes her first place in the England Athletics under-20 Championships in June.

A leap of 6.21 metres was enough to win the Championships, but Broome recorded her season best of 6.26m – three centimetres off her personal best – at the UK Youth Development Midland Premier North/East Division towards the end of May.

Despite Broome’s selection as a long jumper, her success for R&N hasn’t been limited to the jumps – the 17-year-old has also impressed on the track with strong performances in the 100m and 200m sprints this season.

Rugby and Northampton Chair Mark Exley said: “It is a massive boost for Rugby & Northampton Athletic Club for one of our young athletes to represent Great Britain. Eleanor is an inspiration to her club mates and we are proud of her achievements.”