Young heptahlete awaits first international appearance

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A FIRST international appearance awaits a budding Todmorden athlete.

Seventeen-year-old heptathlete and high jumper, Rebecca Sullivan makes her international debut at the Malta Open International/Olympic warm-up event in April having been selected for the travelling Northern Counties team.

Rebecca returned from injury in the summer of 2011 and, after a short competitive season, moved up to the under 20s age group.

She made her competition debut with Halifax Harriers in December achieving a high jump personal best of 1.70m, which moved her up to ninth in the national rankings.

This outstanding form continued into the new year when, at the English Indoors Pentathlon Championships held in Sheffield, she got to rub shoulders with Jessica Ennis, and took eighth place nationally and third place in the Northern Counties competition.

Bearing in mind that Rebecca has three more years to develop in her age group before moving on to the seniors, these are outstanding achievements, full of promise.

Although she lives in Todmorden, she juggles studying for her A-Levels at Brooksbank School Sports College, in Elland, with her Harriers training programme at Spring Hall, Halifax.

There she also assists coaching the junior athletes.

This voluntary work was recognised in 2011 when Northern Athletics made her runner up for their Junior Volunteer of the Year award.

Before moving to Brooksbank School, Rebecca attended Calder High School, Mytholmroyd.

As well as training with Halifax Harriers, Rebecca has also been training indoors over the winter at Leeds Carnegia and also in Wakefield - thanks to proud mum Deborah’s “taxi service.”`