THERE was more medal glory for Stratford Athletic Club’s Emily Madden Forman at the Schools International Athletic Board (SIAB) Track and Field International in Scotland.
The event provides junior athletes with one of the few opportunities to gain international status at under 17 level and promising Stratford AC duo Emily and Issy Cain-Daley were part of the action.
The elite performers from the recent English Schools’ Championships were selected to compete for England against representatives from the Schools’ Athletic Associations of Scotland, Wales and all of Ireland and Emily and Issy made the 340-mile journey to the Grangemouth Stadium in Falkirk where they both made impressive contributions to England’s winning team.
In blustery conditions for the high jump, Issy struggled with her run-up which affected her rhythm, but after a shaky start she settled down and went through the next three rounds of increasing heights with relative ease.
After three failures at 1.68m, Issy finished just outside the medals in a very respectable fourth place.
After winning a silver medal in the ESAA Championships the previous weekend, Emily has peaked just at the right time and she is performing better every time she competes in the triple jump.
A huge personal best of 11.51m immediately put her into the silver medal position as she beat her previous best by 18cm. She consolidated that with another PB of 11.59m in the second round and that is the way it stayed for the remainder of the competition.
Afterwards Emily said she was “so happy” to win the silver medal and “Issy and I were very proud to represent England”.
Her proud father Rob Forman, who travelled to Scotland and back on the day, said: “It was great watching the two Stratford AC girls doing so well in their England kit.
“Emily keeps improving and with a set of jumps all over 11.30m she really looked the part – even if I am slightly biased!”