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Norwich union star:track hits new heights

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A week before the Norwich Union Great Britain and Northern Ireland team leave for the IAAF World Junior Championships in Beijing, Robbie Grabarz (Bedford & County AC) made a guest appearance at Norwich Union star:track in Diss, Norfolk.

 

Following confirmation of his selection for the World Junior Championships, Grabarz spent several hours introducing athletes to his specialist event, the high jump in the rural town of Diss on Thursday 27 July.

 

Paul Evans, Partnership Athletics Development Officer for Norfolk Sports Partnership has organised a successful star:track programme in Norfolk over the past three years, he said:

 

“It was nice to have an athlete who is representing Great Britain this summer at a major championship at star:track. Diss is a very rural area and the children really enjoyed meeting him. He spent a long time introducing high jump to the two groups, he was great with the youngsters. In fact, if wants a job coaching on star:track, he has got one!

 

“Star:track is going really well in Norfolk, my aim this year is to get 400 children involved to beat our record of 340 for last summer, we are well on target. At the Norwich scheme next week, we are expecting a record of 150 children, which is the maximum we can take in one week.

 

“Star:track is the best way to sell athletics to children and we make sure we have good links with the local athletics clubs.”

Robbie Grabarz said afterwards:

 

“It was good fun, I haven’t been to a star:track scheme before. All the children seemed to be enjoying themselves.

 

“I started athletics when I was at primary school, I took part in the Bedford passport athletics scheme at the club and decided high jump was the best event and haven’t looked back since.

 

“Training has been going well, I am confident the World Juniors will go well. I learnt a lot from the European Juniors last year, in particular to be prepared for anything!”

 

Prior to leaving for the European Championships in Gothenburg, 400m runner Richard Buck will be meeting young athletes at Norwich Union star:track in Harrogate. Other GB athlete appearances throughout the summer are being organised by UK Athletics.