Year 11 Newton Abbot College student, Tommy D’Cruz, triumphed once again at the Welsh Athletics Junior Grand Prix Indoor Track and Field Championships held on Saturday 9th January 2016 at the National Indoor Athletics Centre in Cardiff.
Representing Newton Abbot Athletics Club, Tommy set a new personal best time of 8.59 seconds in the Under 17s Men’s 60m Hurdles. Incredibly, this is the first time D’Cruz has competed in this event; his formidable time now sees him ranked 7th in the UK and 6th in the country for this event and age category.
Not content with one win, D’Cruz turned his attention to the Under 17 Men’s Long Jump, securing the win with a jump of 5.63m – beating his nearest opponent by nearly half a metre and securing a ranking of 10th in the UK and 8th in the country.
Unaffected by his incredible wins, Tommy has his eyes set on one thing: betterment for the future: “I am incredibly proud of the wins. But I am not in any way complacent; there is definitely room for improvement. Ultimately, I just want to see how far I can go; the dream would be to get to the World Youth Athletics Championships.”
New Physical Education Team Leader, Jamie Salter, has been astounded with the level of sporting acumen at the College: “During my first two weeks at Newton Abbot College I have been blown away by the ability, dedication and enthusiasm of the students, particularly in Physical Education. There is a real drive from the students to work hard and challenge themselves to achieve their full potential. As a College and PE department, we are extremely proud of Tommy’s continued success and know this has only been achieved through incredible amounts of hard work and dedication.”