Young Dagenham athletes impress at youth games

Youngsters from Dagenham schools were the shining stars at last week’s inter-borough under 19s disability athletics championship at Waltham Forest Track.

Trinity School in Heathway dominated the U15 shot-put with Englisan Hasa, 13, winning the boys’ competition and Christina Ukaegbu, 11, coming out on top in the girls’ event.

Eastbrook School student Tia Davies won a hat-trick of gold medals in the girls U15 competition – in the 100 metres, long jump and javelin. Her school, in Dagenham Road, came second in the competition collecting 11 medals.

More than 100 athletes from five different boroughs competed at the sports event, which prepares youngsters for the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games Disability Athletics finals at Mile End Stadium on June 20.

PE teacher at Trinity, Maggie Northedge, said: “Events like this are fantastically important for the confidence of the kids as they compete against new people and get to come to venues like this.”

Waiting for Tia’s age