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Fiona Westwood makes Great Britain debut

Press Report - 10th March 2000

Wakefield Harriers' Fiona Westwood earned her GB stripes recently with a debut at a junior international meeting.

Westwood was a member of the Great Britain squad contesting a tri-nations tournament with Germany and France. The competition was held in Neubrandburg Germany.

Her 5.66m fifth-place long jump finish helped the Great Britain team to second place in the tri-nations tournament.

Germany won with 125 144 269, Great Britain and Northern Ireland were second with 85 77 162 and France third with 84 74 158.

Westwood has now completed her indoor season and is looking forward to contesting the 2000 track and field season.

Another athlete who took part in the event with Wakefield connections was polevaulter Ellie Spain, who uses the training facilities at Thornes Park Stadium on a regular basis.

Press Report 19th May 2000

Wakefield's Fiona Westwood has been selected to represent Great Britain U20s at the Loughborough International Meeting on 21st May.

She will be competing in the long jump event against teams from Scotland, England, British Universities and Loughborough Students.

Press Report 15th September 2000

Wakefield Harrier Fiona Westwood has again been selected for the Great Britain U20 team, for their meeting at the University of Bath.

The event will give athletes another opportunity to attempt to qualify for the World Junior Championships in the Chilean capital of Santiago.

Fiona will compete in the long jump along with Rachel Hogg.

Press Report 22nd September 2000

Wakefield Harriers rising star Fiona Westwood was triumphant in the women's long jump at a Norwich Union U20 match amid windy conditions at the Bath University Sports Village.

Westwood, who has also won the AAA U20 title, jumped 5.88m, but was still someway short of the 6.20m world junior championship qualifying mark, although she was not too disappointed.

She said: "I've made the six-metre breakthrough this year with 6.02m, which I am pleased about. Today's wind was ideal jumping conditions for me, so it's a shame I couldn't do better." Simone Bell pushed Westwood all the way with jumps of 5.87m, 5.86m and 5.83m.

The match, which was nearly cancelled in the midst of the fuel crisis, provided a stage for many other notable performers including Tim Benjamin, who won the men's 200m with 20.89, Dan Carter, who as a guest at the match set a new personal best while winning the javelin with 73.56m, and Emma Ward, who won the 1500m in 4:23.79 despite having been unwell in the week before.

Press Report 6th October 2000

Rising Wakefield Harriers long Jumper Fiona Westwood has made great strides this year and she will crown a super season when she competes for the Great Britain U20 team at a tri-nation tournament at Grosetto in Italy.

The tournament sees Great Britain pitted against hosts Italy and Germany, with 19-year-old Fiona, soon to start studying Sports Science at Leeds University, one of only two Yorkshire athletes to be selected for the 36-strong squad - the other being Sheffield's Rebecca Lyons.

The event is a forerunner for the World Junior Championships in Chile in a few weeks time, and although Fiona hasn't managed to secure her place in the squad for that, she can still reflect on the tremendous progress she has achieved this year.

She has been a key member of the Harriers side who have been the surprise packages in Division One of the UK Wornen's League this season, with the side finishing a creditable 4th out of eight, despite not having the resources of the big clubs such as Sale and Birchfield.

Speaking of Fiona, senior womens team manager Jack Howey said: "She has been at the club since she was a youngster and I'm chuffed she has been chosen to represent Great Britain. It's capped a good year for her and her improvement has been significant."

"We have also had Suzanne Roberts compete in the hammer for GB earlier this year, while the women's league side, who were expected to come straight back down, have given everyone a shock. Fiona has been a key part of that success."

Over the course of the year, Fiona has raised her personal best from 5.70m to 6.02m - and will be aiming for more progress next year.