It always seems that the most successful high jumpers are tall with long legs – an obvious advantage. However that wasn’t the case at the recent Wing Athletics. Cadet Ryan Lark of 866 (Immingham) Squadron was the shortest cadet by far when he competed in the junior boys’ high jump event.
Indeed, some of the other competitors were over a foot taller than Ryan. You would think that he wouldn’t stand much of a chance against them. However, 13 year old Ryan proved everyone wrong when he went on to achieve a personal best and gain the Gold medal.
Athletic success is no stranger to Ryan as last year he was the Humberside County under 13yrs high jump champion and also equaled his school’s year 7 high jump record. He is not bad at other disciplines and has achieved medals at discus, shot, 100m and relays. In fact he gained silver in the Wing discus event as well. It just goes to prove that you don’t have to be tall to be successful.
It’s all about technique and listening to experienced coaches. It’s surprising what you can achieve if you really try.