Bronze by name, gold by nature

Sophie Bronze.
Sophie Bronze.

She may have been the youngest competitor in the competition, but it didn’t stop a talented 14-year-old from winning an U17 regional contest – which was her first at this age group.

Sophie Bronze was victorious in the U17 women’s North Eastern Counties Athletics Association (NECAA) Championships, which formed part of the Open Indoor Pentathlon, at Gateshead Stadium on Sunday.

The Alnwick lass, who was representing Gateshead Harriers, also came fourth in the U17 women’s Open Indoor event.

She notched a number of personal bests on the day.

The youngster ran the 60metre hurdles in 10.36sec and crossed the line in 8.89sec for the 60m sprint.

Sophie launched the shot putt 7.86m. In the high jump, she recorded 1.53mm, and 4.34m in long jump. It secured her 2,674 points, giving her a winning margin of 65 points in the NECAA Championships.

She only just missed out on a third-place finish in the Open event.

Her mum Diane said: “This was her first U17 competition.

“She was hoping not to be last as she was the youngest competitor. So she did extremely well to win.”

Sophie has some heptathlon events in the summer.