Young runner representing Cornwall praised

A Pool Academy student has been praised after a successful run in Devon representing Cornwall Schools.

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Jemma, Year 7, travelled to Stover School, near Newton Abbot in Devon, recently to take part in the South West Schools Cross Country Championships. She was representing Cornwall Schools and was one of 70 athletes from across the region.

The race was 2,200 metres with a route that went through a field and a wood.

She came fifth out of the Cornish team of 10 and 49th overall.

Jemma took part in a race last month in Newquay in order to qualify for the SW Schools Cross Country Championships.

Dave Buzza, teacher at Pool Academy, said: “Jemma represented Cornwall Schools and finished an excellent 49th out of 70 athletes and 5th out of the Cornish team of 10, in very muddy conditions. 

“She ran very well.”

Jemma is a member of the Cornwall Athletics Club.

She said: “I like running. I have been running a long time. I have done a lot of races. I don’t know exactly how many because I have done it for years.

“My dad runs and I go out on runs with him.

“I would like to be an Olympic runner when I am older.

“My family were really proud of me taking part in the cross country championships.”