Healing Pupil Becomes National Long Jump Champion

Year 9 Healing pupil, Archie Yeo, recently won the title of England National Champion for Under 15's Boys Long Jump.

Archie travelled with his family to the International Stadium in Bedford, to compete against the top 12 long jump competitors from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England.

The competition consisted of 3 jumps, with the top 8 competitors going on to take a further 3 jumps. Archie's opening jump of 6.24m, put him in first place in the first round. In round 4, he increased his jump to an amazing 6.34m. This put him a whole 11cm clear of 2nd place. This achievement adds to his medals already claimed at National competitions this year: 2nd in indoor English Championship long jump, 2nd at English Schools final long jump, Northern England indoor pentathlon champion, 2nd in Northern indoor long jump and Outdoor Northern champion for both long jump and triple jump.

This month will see Archie representing Humberside at the English Schools National Finals for Outdoor Pentathlon. This will be his last competition of the year and then he intends to work hard and concentrate on his long and triple jump. He aspires to break 7m in long jump. His personal best currently stands at 6.54m.

Archie is a member of the Scunthorpe and District Athletic Club and trains weekly at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

Caption: Healing School Year 9 pupil, Archie Yeo, recently took first place on the podium as the England National Champion for Under 15's Boys Long Jump in Bedford.