SUFFOLK SPORTS AWARDS: Harry Hughes’ destiny is in his own hands
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Harry Hughes’ destiny lies in his own hands, literally!
The 16-year-old javelin thrower picked up the Larking Gowen Young Sports Personality of the Year award at Trinity Park on Friday night and revealed his target for the forthcoming year.
Then aged 15, and throwing the senior javelin for the first time in a competition, Hughes registered a best effort of 62.30 metres, which was believed to be the longest ever throw recorded by a Briton at that age with the 800g javelin.
He is the English Schools Under-17 champion, as well as the International Schools Under-17 champion, has won all UK competitions this season and came away with a bronze at the World School Games, with the first and second-placed competitors two years older than him.
Ranked number one in the UK for Under-17 Javelin, a staggering nine metres ahead of the second-ranked athlete, Stowmarket’s Hughes’ best performance of the year of 72.77cm, has put him second in the all-time UK age-group rankings and sees him ranked first in the world for his age.
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With time on his side, Hughes revealed his plans for 2014 bit domestically and internationally.
“I would like to go to the World Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China, next August,” said Hughes.
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“I already have the qualifying but there will be European trials to attend. Provided they all go OK, I should get there,
“I would also like to break the British record for my age group and I am about a metre away from that.”
Hughes was up against England Under-21 hockey player Hannah Martin, American-based former Ipswich Basketball player Ben Mead and Arsenal football player, Sophie Allen.
“It’s pretty amazing to win against what is strong competition,” said Hughes.
“I never expected to throw the distances that I have but there is no secret. It’s just about putting a lot of hard work in and having a good coach.
“As for the future, I am still only young so the Rio Olympics may be too soon. I don’t want to set my targets too high.”