Devon Brimecome set her sights on English Schools’ glory after yet another power performance at the weekend.
The Havant AC youngster took gold at the Hampshire Schools’ Track & Field Championships in Aldershot with a distance of 5m 22cm in the junior girls’ long jump.
Her winning jump bettered second-placed Faye Baker by a staggering 34cm and equalled her PB from the McCain Young Athletes’ League in Bournemouth last month.
More importantly, though, it exceeded the English Schools’ qualification standard – the 10th time Brimecome, 14, has met the automatic entry requirement this season.
This provided her with the perfect boost ahead of the prestigious event in Gateshead next month.
Last season, the Oaklands School pupil finished a respectable 14th in the national long jump competition.
She was also a member of the Hampshire team who won silver in the 4x100m relay in the annual north east event.
But with another year under her belt, her reputation growing by the week and Brimecome revelling in the competition faced, the talented teenager believes she’s more than equipped to make her mark at national level.
‘I’m confident (going into the English Schools),’ said Brimecome, who was competing at the Military Stadium, Aldershot, for South East Hants.
‘I went last year and the experience was brilliant.
‘It was so good. I really liked it.
‘But last year was like my test round to see what the competition was like.
‘This year, hopefully, I have got more of a chance.
‘I also want to get into the relay team again this year.
‘Last time we came second but if I get in this year then we’ve got a better team and we can pull off a first.’
Currently ranked 12th in Britain for her age group in the long lump, Brimecome stands a good chance of adding an English Schools’ title to her already impressive medal haul, which includes two silvers and a bronze from this year’s Hampshire Championships. She took silver in the long jump and high jump and finished third in the 75m hurdles.
Her versatility means she is currently ranked second in the under-15 British pentathlon standings – and that’s an event Brimecome hopes can also bring its rewards in the seasons ahead.
‘I’d like to jump about 5.50m between now and the end of the season in the long jump,’ she said.
‘But I’m also concentrating on the multi-events and the English Schools’ Combined-Events Championships.
‘I did the Hampshire Championships and came second four weeks ago at the Mountbatten Centre.
‘And I’d like to be selected for the Home Nations’ multi-events in December.
‘I’m going to the inter-counties’ multi-events in Watford in two weeks time and, if I do well there, there’s a chance to represent England.
‘I’d be very pleased if I did that.’