The Pearse family and Clitheroe Royal Grammar School are celebrating a unique hat-trick.
Wilpshire’s Polly, Esme and Joe Pearse were all crowned Lancashire Schools’ high jump champions at Carlisle last weekend!
Polly jumped first, in the Inter Girls’ competition for Years 10-11, and even though she had to miss a lot of training leading up to the event due to her school workload, she smashed her personal best and even beat the winner of the Senior Girls’ competition.
Polly jumped 1.58m, well above the County Standard of 1.52m, but just knocked 1.62m, the English Schools’ entry standard).
Year 8 student Esme then jumped in the Junior Girls’ competition.
She too added 5cm to her PB, jumping 1.40m to win.
Joe, in Year 12, was last, and won his competition with a County Standard jump, equalling his season’s best of 1.85m. The 1.94m jump for English Schools’ entry eluded him yet again though.
Lancashire Schools made a special presentation to the trio, as it is believed it is the first time three siblings have won the same event at the same championships, school or otherwise, in Lancashire, and possibly in the country.
This came on the back of Joe and Polly’s success at the Lancashire Athletics Association and Lancashire School’s Combined Events Championships in April.
Joe won the Senior Boys’ combined events and and Lancashire Athletics Association Under 20 Mens’ championship.
And Polly became Lancashire School’s Inter Girls’ combined events Champion, and won the Lancashire Athletics Association Under 17 Womens’ title.
In addition, over the recent Bank Holiday weekend, Joe, Polly and Esme competed in the Lancashire Athletics Championships. Joe won gold in the Under 20 high jump and silver in the 110m hurdles and discus, Polly won the Under 17 80m hurdles, silver in the high jump and bronze in the pole vault, and Esme took gold in the Under 15 pole vault.
It all adds up to a remarkable season so far for the budding young talents.