Sporting dynasty continues to blossom

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The Spencer family from Jamaica, who emigrated to England in the 1950s, have excellent sporting genes, writes Frank Gornam.

Their legacy is a dynasty of top notch athletes who are the toast of north Derbyshire.

The original Spencer brothers - Desmond, Donovan, Timothy and Wilson - were all outstanding schoolboy athletes.

And the future looks bright for the latest members of the brood - pictured - who are leading lights with Chesterfield Athletic Club.

Yasmin Spencer, Donovan’s daughter, is an U20 shot-putter and was English Schools’ champion from 2007 to 2009. She has won schools and GB International vests and has a personal best of 13.50m. Though injured for most of last season, Yasmin is currently ranked third in the UK.

Paige Collings, Yasmin’s cousin, is an U20 pole-vaulter, currently ranked eighth equal. She was the Northern U17 champion and was placed third in the 2010 UK Schools Games. Her personal best is 3.35m.

Alisha Collings, Paige’s sister, is an U15 shot putter who was ranked 15th in 2010 and is currently 22nd in the 2011 indoor rankings. Her personal best is 8.85m.

Alicia Barrett, also Yasmin’s cousin, is an U15 hurdler who was ranked first U13 70mH in 2010 and is currently 3rd in 2011 60mH indoor rankings. She won the Northern title and then came third in England Indoor Championships. Her personal best is 9.29s.

Ella Barrett, Alicia’s twin, is an U15 hurdler/pole vaulter, who was ranked in U13 70mH in 2010 with personal best of 11.6s. In the pole vault, she is 18th equal this year with a personal best of 2.30m.

Donovan Spencer, who became a PE master and is currently headteacher at Heritage High School, Clowne, went on to represent Derbyshire and Sussex at athletics, and was UK-ranked in the long jump (7.26m), 400 metres (48.3) and the decathlon in the early 1980s.

Perhaps the most successful of the extended family was Barrington Williams, who is a cousin of the Spencer brothers, and represented Great Britain in the 100m in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

He was well-known at the time for choosing not to compete on a Sunday, and still remains ninth on the all-time list of UK long jumpers with 8.09m.

Another cousin, Winston Spencer, was a sub-50s 400m runner and represented the Royal Marines.

Pictured from the left are: Alisha Collings, Alicia Barrett, Paige Collings, Yasmin Spencer and Ella Barrett.