Redbridge duo are golden wonders at School Games

PUBLISHED: 15:35 11 September 2014

Ilford's Daniel Rowden shows off his gold medal at the School Games in Manchester

Ilford's Daniel Rowden shows off his gold medal at the School Games in Manchester


Borough youngsters shine in Manchester

Ilford middle-distance runner Daniel Rowden admitted to reaching a career high after claiming gold at the Sainsbury’s 2014 School Games,

Rowden was among more than 1,600 athletes from across the UK to descend on Manchester, representing England South East, and clocked a personal best of one minute 52.35 seconds to win the 800m by almost two seconds.

And after just missing out on a new Games record, Rowden said the experience of competing in Manchester was among the highlights of his fledgling career.

“I’m absolutely over the moon to have won gold at the School Games. I think this will be my last race of the season so it’s great to finish like that with a new personal best,” he said.

“I’ve taken my personal best down gradually over the year which has been good and I’ve won all of the under-17 championships so I’m very happy about that and this gold just caps off a great season.

“I didn’t know what the championship record was. Had I known I would be so close I probably would have pushed a bit harder down the home straight. “The win is what matters because no one can take the gold away from me. This is my first experience of the School Games and I was thoroughly impressed. It’s a really great event.”

Rowden was joined in topping the podium at the School Games in Manchester by Redbridge Judo Club member Amy Platten, who claimed gold in the under-44kg category.

And Platten admitted it might take a bit of time to fully realise what she had accomplished at the annual multi-sport event, saying: “Winning gold still hasn’t sunk in yet – this was quite a big event for me, it was my first multi-sport competition.

“To win gold first time is really amazing I just focused on doing my own judo and then I won my last fight by an armlock, which I’ve been working on, so I was really pleased.

“I was amazed – everything went really fast but I loved it. It was a great experience – the fact it’s not just a small competition but there are athletes from other sports is amazing.”

n The Sainsbury’s 2014 School Games, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, was held in venues across Manchester from 4-7 September 2014.

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