On Sunday 20th September over a hundred pole vaulters attended the Jim Day Memorial Event at David Weir Leisure Centre, which is managed by Everyone Active on behalf of Sutton Council. The event is one of the largest in the UK pole vaulting calendar and has been held annually since 2006, in memory of fellow pole vaulter Jim Day. He was a keen sportsman, pole vaulting just three days before he passed away, aged 72.
Sunday saw a host of young participants, and for many it was their first competitive experience. There were some spectacular sporting performances including youngster Zoe Shepherd, aged 12, who began the day with a best of 1.80m and cleared eleven bars finishing with 2.27m. Nathasha Purchas in the Under 15s category soared over 3.42m lifting herself to the top of the UK Under 15 rankings, while Ned Quiney made a competitive return, finishing as the top performer of the day clearing 4.82m in the Senior Men.
“We were delighted to once again host the Jim Day Memorial here at David Weir Leisure Centre,” says Everyone Active General Manager Katie McKeown. “Since moving to the centre in 2010, the event has been able to expand and encourage more competitors to take part. It’s a fantastic celebration of one of the less well-known sports in our community, and has no doubt boosted several successful pole vault careers.”
For more information on the David Weir Leisure Centre visit www.everyoneactive.com.