STAFFORD schoolgirl Emma Hamplett joined the elite list of 50 all time top British open age javelin throwers when she capped a glorious season with a new personal best distance.
The Cannock and Stafford AC member landed a throw of 47.22m at the UK School Games in Sheffield to overhaul her previous season’s best.
Hamplett, aged 15, is the reigning English schools’ champion and her latest efforts fell just over one metre short of a personal best set by Olympic gold medal heptathlete, Jessica Ennis-Hill.
The Stafford Grammar School student threw down a 42.68m marker in April at Loughborough University to put her first in the UK under-17 rankings – a position she has held the entire season.
Her club coach, Mark Pinner, believes she has the potential to become an Olympic athlete.
“Emma has worked really hard and excelled this year. She’s focused and says she wants to be technically very good and throw as far as is possible.
“There are never guarantees in any sport, but as long as she progresses steadily and avoids injury then I think she may go to an Olympics,” he said.
Hamplett is among the current top 10 UK javelin throwers across all ages and her new PB is listed 47th in the all-time British best.
“Her target now is to make over 50 metres and by the time she’s 18 she should be throwing somewhere in the high 50s.
“Over the winter she’ll be doing a lot of conditioning work, developing her strength, technique and speed,” added Pinner.