STRATFORD Athletic Club star Rory Dwyer has been selected to represent Great Britain in the high jump at the World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon, USA.
A delighted Dwyer said: “I’m very proud to be selected to represent GB and I’m so excited. This will be the first time I’ve represented my country and it’s taking a while to get my head around it all.
“I had to wait two weeks after jumping the qualifying height of 2.16m for the selectors to finalise who was going to be in the team. When I got the call from my coach Paul Bearman to say I was in the team, he said I couldn’t tell anyone until it was officially announced the following day.
“I wanted to bounce around with excitement. As I was in town with my friends, I had to hold it in and just smile until I got home, which is when I could celebrate with my Mum, my Dad and sister. They and everyone at the club have been so supportive.
“I realise I’m going probably the youngest in the team but I’m looking forward to enjoying the experience and doing my best to try and get in the final at least.”
Bearman was understandably euphoric when he heard the news and then had the pleasant job of delivering it to Dwyer.
“I’m absolutely thrilled and everyone at Stratford AC is so proud of Rory. He, and the others in his training group, work hard and they keep his feet on the ground – apart from when he’s jumping of course!
“Rory’s selection is the culmination of his hard graft over seven years in all weathers, year on year. This is the start of his international recognition and his selection is the reward for commitment, dedication and amazing talent. On top of that he’s a great lad with his head screwed on.”
Dwyer travelled to Heathrow Airport on Sunday to meet up with the rest of the GB team before flying to Oregon the next day. The team are staying in a holding camp for a week to acclimatise.
The qualifying competition for the high jump is at 2.15am BST on July 24 and the final is at 2.30am BST on July 26.
Dwyer, the UK’s Number one high jumper in the under 17 age group, is supported by FPS Distribution.