Medal glory for teenage athletes at Sainsbury’s School Games

CAPTAIN MARVEL -- Alex Knibbs, who won two silver medals at the Sainsbury's School Games.
CAPTAIN MARVEL -- Alex Knibbs, who won two silver medals at the Sainsbury's School Games.

Amber Valley and Erewash Athletics Club is bursting with pride after two of its star teenage athletes covered themselves in glory at the Sainsbury’s UK School Games in Manchester.

Sixteen-year-old Alex Knibbs, the team captain, won two silver medals in the 400m hurdles and 4X400m relay. While 15-year-old teammate Emily Coope struck gold as part of the 4X100m relay team.

Competing in the U17s’ age group, Alex and Emily were selected as two of the most talented 1,600 young sports people in the country. The four-day Games, which have their own opening and closing ceremonies, comprise 12 sports, plus a range of exciting opportunities, including cultural workshops and access to a team of athlete mentors.

Alex was picked after bagging a silver medal at the English Schools Championship in Gateshead, and he was a superb second again, thanks to a new personal-best (PB) time of 54.85 seconds. His team also clocked a PB in the relay. This followed further success for Alex when he represented England Schools at an annual schools international at Grangemouth Stadium in Scotland where he won gold in the 4X400m relay and another silver in the 400m hurdles.

Sprinter Emily gave her relay team a terrific start as they clocked the seventh fastest time in the UK this year at Manchester. She had finished sixth in the 100m at the English Schools and also took a silver medal at the Northern Championships in Middlesbrough. British Athletics team manager Sharon Morris said: “I’m extremely proud of Alex and Emily.”