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    Head boy: Jamie Cohen
    Head boy: Jamie Cohen

    The JC can now announce the winners for the second year of the Daniel Sacks Memorial Award for Outstanding Young Athletics Achievement.

    This award scheme recognises the achievements of UK Jewish athletes aged 11-16 in adjudicated competitions.

    The boy's winner is Jamie Cohen, 12, of St Martin's School and Northwood & Harrow AC. Cohen demonstrated his versatility by achieving national ranking in the 800m, 1,500m and high jump, with performances of 2:34.86, 5:08.03 and 1.42 respectively. He achieved his best 1,500m coming second in the London Prep Schools Championships, and his highest jump in winning a Young Athletes League match.

    Trafford AC sprinter Ellie Edwards wins the girl's accolade. Edwards, 14, ran PBs of 12.80 at 100m and 25.82 at 200m. Her remarkable season included a string of victories in both her events at the Young Athletes League.

    Ranked 18th in the UK for her age in her main event, the 200m, Edwards achieved her best time in the English Schools Championships semi-final. She won the Greater Manchester Schools title and was Manchester and Cheshire County runner-up.

    Sprint queen: Zoe Gibson
    Sprint queen: Zoe Gibson

    Last year's joint boy's winners, both 15, continued their progress, with Leo Kaye cutting his 200m time to 23.3 and Sam Shindler-Glass clocking 2:02 for 800m on three separate occasions. Unfortunately Danni Newman, last year's girl's winner, could not compete due to a knee injury.

    Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers' George Grant, 13, and Billy Lee, 15, both performed well in the pole vault, achieving 2.30 and 2.90 respectively. Their SBH team-mate Simon Zeffertt, 15, attained 5.62 in the long jump.

    Joe Ross, 16, last year's JCC gold medallist, achieved 1.75 in the high jump indoors but did not compete in the outdoor season.

    Anna Barnett, 12, of Blackheath and Bromley AC, had a very successful campaign, winning the Kent Under 13 Championships at both shot and discus. Her discus throw of 24.53 placed her 12th in the national age-group rankings.

    Zoe Gibson, 14, of Trafford AC displayed speed, stamina and strength, competing in sprints, middle-distance, long jump, shot and discus. Her sprint times of 13.40 and 28.20 and her shot put of 8.78 placed her in the national rankings.

    Shaftesbury Barnet's Jessica Hurley, 12, also contested sprints, middle-distance and long jump, achieving 2:40.02 for 800m.

    Chloe Greenberg, 15, of Harrow AC attained national ranking with a 27.14 javelin throw.

    Full details of known performances and photo features on some of the young athletes can be found at www.danielsacksaward.org.uk. For further information please contact Brian Sacks at brianzsacks@gmail.com

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