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Meet the two youths who ruled the county championships

MEDALLISTS: Reece Earle and Ruth-Ann Ruth-Ann Otaruoh

THE MIDDLESEX Outdoor Championships saw young people across the UK take part in the event earlier this month, and two athletes from registered charity Track Academy took homw gold and silver medals.

Athlete Reece Earle set a new national record at the Middlesex Outdoor Championships, while his teammate Ruth-Ann Otaruoh picked up both gold and silver medals as they competed at Lea Valley Athletic Centre.

2019 has been a fantastic year for Earle, who became national champion in the under-15 boys’ 60m with a time of 7.16 seconds in February at the National Indoor Championships in Sheffield.

At the Middlesex Championships, he took gold in the under-15 boys’ 200m, finishing in a record-breaking time of 22.59s for his age category. He also won the under-15 boys’ 100m race after storming home in 11.25s.

Meanwhile, Otaruoh won gold at the Middlesex games in the under-17 women’s triple jump. She secured a distance of 10.80m, also bagging a silver in the under-17 women’s long jump with 5.09m. Nine of their fellow Track Academy athletes secured personal bests over the two-day event.

Track Academy founder Connie Henry said: “What fantastic news for our hard-working athletes! We predict truly great things for Reece and Ruth-Ann, and all their teammates who did such an amazing job at Lea Valley this weekend. Well done all.”

Track Academy is a registered charity which uses sport for social change among young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Academy members are given inspiration to succeed both on and off the track. Alongside athletics coaching, they attend education sessions to help them gain qualifications, encouraging them to carve out fulfilling lives away from negative influences.

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