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Jessica Ennis to guide Olympic hopeful Jazmin Sawyers

By Central Somerset Gazette  |  Posted: September 29, 2012

Jazmin Sawyers in action. Photo by Mark Shearman

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Jazmin Sawyers may have completed her Millfield School studies but her sporting education is set to continue – alongside London 2012 golden girl Jessica Ennis.

The 18-year-old, who completed her A-levels during the summer, will be joining the Olympic heptathlon champion's training group when she starts a law and criminology degree at the University of Sheffield next week.

"It will take time to adjust but I will be training with Toni Minichiello, so hopefully it can help me improve further," said Sawyer, who finished ahead of Ennis in the long jump at the Olympic trials in June.

"The set-up is spot on and I will have such a strong group around me, including Jess, so it will be amazing. I am excited about what it could do for me."

Sawyers' career went from strength to strength during her time at Street's premier sporting school and she finished the season top of the pile in the long jump during the McCain Challenge Series, scoring 835 points from four meetings.

She also struck gold at June's England Under-20 Championships and went on to win World Junior Championship bronze a month later with a personal best of 6.67m.

"I have had a massively successful season and everything went as well as I could have hoped for really," she said.

"In the end I was probably a little bit disappointed that I didn't jump further but I think that was because I completed all the targets that I set at the beginning of the season and I kept setting new ones.

"I was as pleased to finish ahead of my domestic rivals in the McCain Challenge Series as getting my world junior bronze because that shows you are performing consistently well.

"My personal best was only eight centimetres off the Olympic A standard, which at my age is a really good sign.

"I also set it at the big competition of the year [the World Junior Championships]. I love the big occasions, so that bodes well for the future too."

Sawyers also famously enjoyed success in another sport earlier this year, winning bobsleigh silver for Great Britain with Mica McNeill at the Winter Youth Olympics in January.

The McCain UK Challenge is a nationwide, season-long competition comprising a series of events from mid May until August for Britain's top club athletes and aspiring internationals, vying for a share of a £30,000 prize fund.

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