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North East student from Polam Hall School wins county event


A Year nine pupil from Polam Hall School has thrown her way to victory after becoming the latest athlete from the Darlington school to win a county competition.

Ellie Dalby, a boarder at Polam Hall, put in a championship winning discus throw to beat her own personal best and her other rivals as she represented County Durham at an event at Clairville Stadium in Middlesbrough.

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She won the title after sailing through the previous stage in which she represented Darlington Town at Jarrow Stadium, despite being a relative newcomer to the discus event. “I’ve only been doing it for a few months and I’m delighted and shocked to have won,” she said.

Other Polam Hall pupils representing the county at the event were Jenny Hirst, in the javelin, and

hurdler Philippa Hirst, who finished fourth and third in their respective events.

In the town competition, meanwhile, Polam Hall was well represented in the 1500 metres by Emily Gauja, who finished fourth.

In addition, last week saw Year seven student Hannah Raw break the 1500 metre record previously held by ex-Polam Hall pupil Maddie Winzer set in 2006. Maddie is currently representing Great Britain on the Junior European Triathlon circuit.

All the girls who competed were trained train at Polam Hall, which is an independent, co-educational day and boarding school for boys and girls aged between three and 18 years old.

It has been based at its site in Darlington since 1854 and 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 on the school visit: www.polamhall.com.

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