Twins wins gold and silver medals

Gold medal winner Jordan Ofield
Gold medal winner Jordan Ofield

It was an event to remember for the Ofield family as twin brothers Dean and Jordan emulated the likes of Olympic medallists Kelly Sotherton and Mark Lewis-Francis by scooping a medal each at the Aviva Athletics Academy Sportshall Finals in Birmingham.

Dean took home silver in the U15 boys four-lap race while Jordan, pictured, took gold in the eight-lap paarlauf relay race at the flagship junior athletics development event of the year.

The Ofields – who live in Chesterfield and go to the Meadows Community School – also took part in the speed bounce and standing long jump competitions but failed to add to their medal haul.

But after writing their name into the Sportshall history books alongside the likes of Sotherton and Lewis-Francis – who tasted success in 1992 and 1998 respectively – the brothers were left grinning from ear to ear after their days work.

Jordan, a member of Chesterfield Athletics Club, said: “It was really amazing and I am so happy that we I came away with the gold medal because we were waiting for an age to get into the race and I was getting a bit nervous.

“We didn’t know how well we would do because there were obviously a lot of good sportsmen and as it was a time trial no one knew who had won so it was quite nerve-wracking but it’s amazing to end with a gold medal.’’

The national Sportshall final in Birmingham is part of the Aviva Athletics Academy which encourages and enables children to get involved in athletics.

And the Ofields’ efforts at the LG Arena were not the only Derbyshire success stories as Chesterfield’s Corey Wilson took home silver in the U13 girls two-lap race.

The St Mary’s Catholic High School pupil was competing for the third time at Sportshall and admitted that she had her heart set on gold.

“I really wanted to win but a silver medal is still a pretty good result,” 13-year-old Wilson said.

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