Monday, 21st April 2014

Bethan fixed on future benefits

Bridgnorth high-jumper Bethan Partridge is convinced her short-term pain at missing out on the European Under-23 Championships will result in long-term gain.

The 20-year-old finished second at the Under-23 UK Championships in Bedford last weekend with a best jump of 1.79m – one centimetre under her current personal best.

That left the former Oldbury Wells School pupil seven cms shy of the qualifying height for the trip to the Czech Republic next month but she insists all is not lost.

The former Telford AC member,who now represents Birchfield Harriers, changed coach this winter from Denis Doyle to Julie Crane and revealed the benefits will be felt in the future.

“I’m gutted that I won’t be going to the Czech Republic but I’ve got to think about the bigger picture and not worry too much about my results at the moment,” said Partridge, speaking at Madeley Court Sports Centre in Telford as they celebrated Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week.

“There were massive positives to take from Bedford though. I only just knocked the bar off at 1.82m and that would have been a new personal best so I know I’m heading in the right direction.

“I’ve made a lot of technical changes in my work with Julie in the way I approach the bar and those things will hopefully be rewarded in the years to come.”

Partridge, who has just finished the first year of her sports, physical education and coaching science degree at the University of Birmingham, will now focus all her attention on finishing the outdoor season with a flourish.

The UK AAA Championships at the end of July are firmly in Partridge’s sights and she has set her goal as laying down a marker.

Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week uses the power of London 2012 to inspire children to try Olympic and Paralympic sports.

Local schools could carry the Olympic Flame in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay or win tickets to London 2012 at: www.lloydstsb.com/nationalschoolsportweek