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Five medal win for local Headmaster at British Masters Athletics championship

John Moreland, Polam Hall School HeadmasterThe Headmaster of Darlington based Polam Hall School is celebrating after winning five medals in the British Masters Athletics Championship.

John Moreland celebrated his 55th birthday by competing in the prestigious British Masters Athletics Championships in Birmingham. He gained gold medals in discus, the weight (a short handled 11.34kg heavy hammer), shot putt, throws pentathlon, as well as collecting a second place silver medal in the hammer (6kg).

John, who is the youngest competitor in the 55-59 age group, said: “I am really pleased to have won the four golds and a silver. My discus throwing friends in the 50-54 category were particularly pleased that I had celebrated my birthday the day before as that took me out of their age group.

“Masters Athletics is a wonderful form of the sport because you can maintain your competitive career for as long as you are able and interested. There were over 700 entrants for these championships this year, aged 35 – 50 years old, and it was incredible to see.”

John has been competing in Masters Athletic events since 1999 when he attended his first World Championship in Gateshead. Since then he has competed in several European and World Championships, winning bronze in discus in both competitions in 2000 and 2001.

John also brings his athletic enthusiasm to Polam Hall School where he coaches discus, shot and javelin with both Junior and Senior school students. Polam Hall School athletes have experienced a good level of success, winning a number of throwing events at both district and county level during the summer.

Polam Hall School has strong focus on excellence, extracurricular actives, family values and pastoral care. Based in Darlington since 1854, it prides itself on maintaining its traditional values and rich heritage, while being able to offer pupils the strongest possible skills for the future.

For more information visit: www.polamhall.com

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