Silver medal for thrower Nick

Discus throwe Nick Holt who won a silver medal representing England U17s
Discus throwe Nick Holt who won a silver medal representing England U17s

Nick Holt was in brilliant form when he represented England in a Home International athletic event.

For the teenage discus thrower came away with a silver medal after finishing in second place in the Aviva U17 track and field Home Nations showdown at Cardiff International Sports Stadium.

Nick, 15, from Chesterfield, booked his ticket in the England team following an excellent display oin the qualifying event at Gateshead.

In the Welsh capital, former Newbold Community School student Nick, who is due to start a sports course at Chesterfield College in September, battled against a strong wind to achieve a distance of 42.69m to gain a place on the podium.

Nick began throwing with Chesterfield Athletics Club but his discus work fell by the wayside when he began playing basketball for two clubs. Now he intends to kick one of the basketball teams into touch and join an athletics club in Sheffield to begin training seriously again.

However, for the last three months, he has been coached intensively at Newbold School by PE teacher Becky Shepherd who has helped him discover his medal-winning form.