High School golden girl brings home medals
During the event she broke the Cornwall under 17 years indoor records for high jump, overall pentathlon score, the long jump which she increased from 4.3m to 5.7m and the 60m hurdles – a record that had stood for 32 years.
The competition, held in Glasgow, involved each home country – England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales – taking four teams of four athletes, junior girls, junior boys, intermediate girls and intermediate boys.
Jordanna, 15, who is currently preparing for her GCSE exams at the top-performing Truro girls’ school, was selected to represent England in the junior girls’ squad at the end of last year. The competition was due to be held in December but was cancelled by the heavy snow storms that affected the whole country earlier this winter. A new date for the hotly contested event was set – leaving just two weeks for the athletes to prepare.
Carole Morrish, Jordanna’s mum, said: “Jordanna worked so hard and we’re so proud of her. It was a very gruelling event and took a lot out of her, but the results speak for themselves – an individual bronze and junior girls team gold!”
She went on to explain that, on top of working towards her exams, Jordanna also has more athletics competitions approaching – including the England Championships on February 26 and the England Combined Event Championships on March 6.
As a former British Olympian herself, Truro High School Headmistress, Caroline Pascoe,understands the demands of top class sports competition only too well.
She said: “Jordanna’s continuing athletic success is outstanding and a great source of pride for the whole school. It’s not easy juggling her academic studies and sporting commitments but we are happy to do everything we can to help and feel confident she will succeed in both.”