UK Sportshall challenge excites Perse athlete
13 Apr 2018
Isaac Pfaender (Year 10) aims to become the best young all-round indoor athlete in the country when he takes part in the UK Sportshall Championships this weekend.
He claimed his place in the competition, which is being held at Manchester’s Sportcity, after coming out on top of the boys’ U15 individual standings at the East finals in Norwich last month.
Representing Cambridgeshire in the regional qualifiers, the Perse pupil scored 143 points out of a possible total of 150 from the three events in which he participated, finishing three points clear of his nearest rival.
Isaac picked up a 50-point maximum in winning the shot put competition with a huge distance of 14.27m, having already scored personal bests with his efforts of 13.60m and 14.07m in the previous two rounds.
He had to settle for second place in the standing long jump despite a leap of 2.58m as fellow Perse pupil and county team-mate Kimi Willson-Brandtner (Year 10) took victory with 2.70m. Isaac won his heat in the two-lap sprint, with his time of 23.5sec going on to be third fastest overall.
Isaac, who also plays rugby with Northampton Saints academy, now hopes for a strong performance in the national championships.
He said: “It feels really good to get there because I’ve always wanted to go to the finals in some type of sport. I’ve looked at the scores from the other regional finals and I don’t think anyone has thrown further than me in the shot put – the nearest was 14.15cm – so I hope I can do well.”