News from across the pond

 A great message and update from Nikki Manson who jumped a new club record of 1.84 in the high jump, with  a bit of a sore back,  on 28/01 / 7 at Penn State National  in University Park Pennsylvania.

“It was all a bit bittersweet really. I was actually carrying a bit of an injury and almost pulled out of the competition.

However I felt I was in really good shape and my run up was very smooth, finally putting me in the position I have sought after for years so I continued. 

I told myself I had to take as few jumps as possible so I cleared both 1.82m and 1.84m on my first attempt!!!  I then went to 1.86 (the Commonwealth Standard) but only took one attempt and called it a day. I think there is a lot more to come but the American Collegiate season is very long and we compete almost every week so I think it was wise to stop when I did and I was already very happy to have jumped 2 new PBs. My coach also thinks my jump will be enough to qualify for the NCAA Championships, an aim of mine for the indoor season, so I am very pleased to have jumped so well in January. 

Training  at Akron is very good, with great facilities on my doorstep. We have a great jumps squad here in Akron with lots of other international students making up the team and there is a lot of support. There is a very comradely atmosphere  amongst everyone, both at training and competitions. I am training with Erika Kinsey, a Swedish Olympian with a PB of 1.97m, and its great to work off each other in training and I think it makes a big difference having a female role model within the group. I’m really looking forward to competing alongside her when she starts her indoor season in February. I am supposed to compete this weekend at home, in Akron, however I might rest up ahead of the following weekend, where we fly to New Mexico to compete! 

In other news, I have been doing a bit of Javelin on the side. It’s a great addition to my week and it takes a bit of the pressure off the high jump. It’s still very early days but I have already made a lot of progress and I can’t wait to throw outdoors. I’m also trying to convince my coach to let me do some long jump…

Unfortunately I don’t have any photographs. If I do come across any, I will be sure to forward them on. “

Grateful thanks to Nikki for  her report. We will be following her progress keenly . She always was good at Long Jump and Javelin as well as excelling in HJ here under Coach Ken Allan

All the best Nikki for a great season Indoor and outdoor  from all at Giffnock North

 Also in good form in the USA is Neil Gourley  who ran a 1000 metre PB and Club Record with 2.22.79 in the Hokie International race in Blacksburg, Virginia  on 18th January.

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