Izzie aiming to get busy this summer

Izzie Brown won silver in the high jump at the National Indoor Championships

Izzie Brown won silver in the high jump at the National Indoor Championships

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Emerging-star Izzie Brown is eyeing a summer to remember after underlining her potential in 2012.

The Chichester Runners and AC combined-eventer is aiming to continue her development and show her class in a busy outdoor campaign.

That’s after she stormed to a silver medal at the National Indoor Championships in Birmingham.

Brown collected second spot behind Olympic hopeful Katrina Johnson-Thompson in the high-jump with a personal best leap of 1m 73cm.

That performance came despite the 17-year-old moving up to the under-20 age group this season, after winning at under-17 level last year.

Now the teenager, who trains at the Mountbatten Centre, is set to undergo a hectic summer timetable focused on harnessing her ability.

The early signs are promising too after winning both the high-jump and javelin at the Sussex Country Championships.

Brown has also collected PBs in the long-jump and shot to underline her versatility.

Coach Dave Churcher believes Brown has the ability to go far in the athletics world.

Churcher feels it is about her now continuing her progress and learning curve.

He said: ‘So far it’s early in the outdoor season, but she’s competing well.

‘She’s the first year in her age group and has to manage everything with her college work.

‘We have certain goals and she is progressing nicely towards them.

‘We have to bear in mind she’s a combined-eventer and she has so many events to contend with.

‘It’s a learning year and she’s going through a transition period.

‘It’s a case of Izzie going to the big high-level events and learning to deal with it.

‘We’re keeping our feet on the ground, though, and going to continue working hard.

‘But things are going in the right direction and we are very positive.’

Brown continued her hectic schedule at the weekend at the Southern Athletics League in Brighton.

Next up is inter-counties and England combined events action in Abingdon.

A key event arrives in June when Brown goes to the England Athletics Under-20 Championships in Bedford.

July will hopefully bring the English Schools in Gateshead, with the English Schools’ Combined Events Championships following after the Olympics in September.

Churcher explained there will be a decision for Brown to make further down the line on where her focus lies in terms of events – but there is no rush in making that call.

‘There is a lot coming up for Izzie,’ said Churcher.

‘She would really like to improve upon her third place for the past two years at the English Schools’ Championships.

‘But her next major focus is the England Athletics under-20 Championships in Bedford.

‘It’s a busy time. You have to be competition fit but not competing in too many at the same time.

‘She will have to make a decision where her focus lies in the future.

‘For now though, things are going very well.’

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