Thanet Athletics Club and Dane Court School pupil Ismae Abomeli, has had an amazing end to the season, competing in the U13 Kent championships held at Erith Leisure Centre over the weekend of September 17-18.
On the Saturday Ismae sailed through the heats to reach the final of the 150m where she ran an outstanding race and secured first place, crowning her the Kent Champion in a time of 20.12 sec. Ismae then competed on the Sunday in the 75m, where she again breezed through to the final and secured a silver medal in a time of 10.24 sec. Following this she competed in the long jump, where her best jump of 4.73m put her way ahead of the other competitors securing her the winning spot and another Kent Championship title.
In June 2022 Ismae was chosen to represent Thanet at the Kent Schools Championships held in Gillingham where she once again secured a gold medal in the long jump. Her crowning glory came in the 100m where she blew the field apart, clocking a time of 13.15s to secure her second gold medal of the day. Not only was it a personal best run for Ismae, but the time was also recorded as a championship best, beating the long-standing Kent Schools Championship record which had been held by Dina Asher-Smith since 2008.
Ismae’s biggest achievement to date has been competing in the South of England U13 championship on August 13-14, held at Chelmsford. She made both the 100m and 200m final, where she finished 7th and 5th. In the long jump she managed to secure the top spot, jumping 4.80m and becoming the South of England Champion.
Ismae finishes the U13 season ranked 4th in the UK for her long jump and 9th in the 150m. Being in the top 10 in the UK, Ismae managed to secure funding for future training with help from the Active Kent and Medway grant scheme, enabling her to move forward to what is going to be a bright future and one to definitely watch.