Joshua hits double figures at athletics awards

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A GRANTHAM teenager picked up 10 individual awards at the Grantham Athletic Club presentation last week.

Thirteen-year-old Joshua Brown collected the awards at the annual prize-giving held at Strikers Bar last Wednesday.

Joshua won awards for 100m, 200m, 800m, 80m hurdles, shot put, javelin, discus, high jump, long jump and triple jump in the under-15 category.

He was up against four other boys in his category and won the awards after achieving personal bests in all 10 events throughout the season, and placing top in the Grantham AC records chart.

Joshua was delighted to have received so much recognition. He said: “I felt very proud of myself, but also surprised to have won so many awards. It was extra special that the trophy was presented by sports presenter Paul Dickinson, and that my family and coaches Caroline and Ian Richards were there.”

Joshua was the only under-15 boy to be selected from Grantham AC to compete in the English Schools Combined Events at Chelmsford in June, where he achieved 11th place, and in August, at the Northern Inter-Counties Tournament, he finished sixth in 80m hurdles and fourth in javelin.

Understandably, his mother Theresa was very proud of her son’s achievements. She said: “Josh is dedicated to his sport, attending all training sessions and competing in as many competitions as possible. Josh is a determined athlete.”

Joshua is a member of the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme (LEAP), a scheme supported by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, which provides support and funding for talented athletes across the county.

LEAP project officer at LSP, Rachel Belcher said: “This is excellent news for Joshua and we are very proud that he has received this recognition. Joshua has had a great season achieving so many PBs and representing his club and Lincolnshire at numerous events.

“At only 13 years of age, Joshua’s dedication to all of his events is hugely commendable and he should be very proud.”