Only way is up for Farres

City of Portsmouth pole vaulter Tom Farres
City of Portsmouth pole vaulter Tom Farres
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The sky is the limit for exciting City of Portsmouth pole vaulter Tom Farres.

The talented 15-year-old claimed a creditable joint-fifth place at the prestigious National Junior Indoor Athletics Championships at the weekend.

Farres equalled his personal best of 3m 80cm to claim a top-five finish at the Birmingham National Indoor Arena.

And his performance under pressure at the top-class event shows he’s heading in the right direction and capable of reaching extraordinary new heights as he continues to enhance his ever-growing reputation.

Currently ranked seventh in Great Britain for his age group, the Southsea talent has enjoyed a successful winter season, excelling in the indoor environment.

Farres, who attends Mayville High School, has improved significantly since jumping a then new personal best of 3m 52cm at the end of the 2012 season – and even set a City club record for an under-17 athlete with his new high.

He also has the proud distinction of recording the best height by any under-20 athlete at the Mountbatten Centre-based outfit.

The arduous task of travelling twice a week to Brunel University, where he is a member of West London Pole Vault Group, is clearly paying off for the teenager.

And with City strength and conditioning coach Bronwin Carter providing plenty of support at home, his summer target of 4m is well within reach.