Athletics – Hitchin’s Dylan Baines picks up pole vault silver at School Games

PUBLISHED: 16:11 05 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:29 05 September 2017

England South's Dylan Baines (silver), Scotland's Matt Chandler (gold) and England Midland's Ollie Thorner (bronze) with their medals after the Boys Pole Vault in the Athletics during day two of the 2017 School Games

England South's Dylan Baines (silver), Scotland's Matt Chandler (gold) and England Midland's Ollie Thorner (bronze) with their medals after the Boys Pole Vault in the Athletics during day two of the 2017 School Games

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A talented pupil from Hitchin Boys School picked up pole vault silver at the 2017 School Games at the weekend.

Hitchin's Dylan Baines picks up pole vault silver at School GamesHitchin's Dylan Baines picks up pole vault silver at School Games

Dylan Baines, 15, from Hitchin won silver in the boys’ pole vault at the School Games National Finals at Loughborough University on Sunday,

The Year 11 student, who was part of the England South team, cleared a height of 4.11m to take second place.

The delighted youngster said: “At the start it was a bit wobbly, I wasn’t really on my game. But it got better as the competition went on.

“The School Games are not like anything I’ve experienced before. I’ve competed at the English school event, but this is very different – it’s been a great experience.”

The prestigious games are for the UK’s most talented school-age athletes, with around 1,600 athletes competing across 12 sports

Previous competitors include Paralympic champions Hannah Cockroft, Ellie Simmonds and Jonnie Peacock, Olympic champion Adam Peaty, and GB sprinters Adam Gemili and Dina Asher-Smith.

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