Helena hammers home
12:00pm Sunday 19th August 2012 in Sport
British athletes may have excelled themselves at the Olympics this month - but away from that a Pembrokeshire girl has also enjoyed her own golden summer.
Helena Madan, 18, has been a member of the Pembrokeshire Harriers for the past seven years. This season, she began by winning the hammer and high jump events in the Schools County Sports.
She then went a step better by winning both events when representing Pembrokeshire in the Dyfed Schools Sports. Her hammer throw of 36.59 metres was a new championship record for her age category.
As a result, she was awarded the Frank Davies Memorial Trophy, a prestigious award, for the event's best performance.
She then went on to represent Dyfed at the Welsh Schools Championships in Brecon, winning gold in the hammer and silver in the high jump.
She was also drafted in for the 100 metre hurdles, and took another silver. She also entered the Welsh Championships in Cardiff in June, winning gold in the high jump and silver in the hammer throw at under 20's competition.
Furthermore, she competed for the 'West' in the Welsh Inter Regional Championships, winning gold in the under 20's women hammer event and silver in the high jump. To top it all off, she represented West Wales in the Midland Premier League (under 20's) and set a new personal best in the hammer with a superb throw of 39.32 metres.
The youngster will now be aiming for more success before the athletics outdoor season is over.
Helena, who is also a strong shot putter, attends Sir Thomas Picton School and is currently awaiting the results of her A-level examinations.