Sports Awards: Athlete Owen Sproston enhances reputation after stunning year



Athlete Owen Sproston is a jack of all trades – and a master of pretty much all of them.

Sproston, who represents City of Stoke Athletics Club, is only 16 years old, but is already taking big strides, leaps and throws forward in his career.

In fact, such is Sproston’s success, that it is a wonder he has enough room to store all of the medals and trophies he’s won.

Arguably the highlight of 2019 was when he was crowned the top Midlands performer in the decathlon in the Home Counties International at Sport City in August.

His 5,041 points was a personal best and left him in seventh place in the overall standings.

That included victories in both the 100 and 400 metres.

However, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that Sproston shone on the big stage.

The former St Peter’s Academy pupil, who now studies at Stoke Sixth Form College, is the brother of former Great Britain athlete Chelsea Cooper.

He is also the Staffordshire Schools’ high jump champion, javelin title holder and 100m hurdles champion.

In the hurdles, he’s already dipped under 14 seconds, but it was a time of 14.5secs which earned him the Staffordshire Schools’ title back in June

He was also the top hurdler at that distance in the UK youth Development meeting at Banbury in July,

And added to that was the Mason Trophy Inter Schools crown, as well as the North West Schools’ title in their combined events competition.

Records tumbled for Sproston, who is coached by Gary Myles, when it came to the high jump.

He did, literally, hit new heights in that discipline.

The county title was bagged with an effort of 1.70m, but Sproston, who lives with his family in Eaton Park, made a mockery of that height with his performances throughout the season.

He set a new personal benchmark of 1.85m when he represented Stoke in a UK Development League fixture.

Don’t forget the javelin, either.

Once again he’s the county champion after a huge throw of 43.21m to see off his fellow Staffordshire competitors.

The Rugby Spring Medal title was also added to his growing collection, but once again his determination to keep pushing boundaries was evident when he set a new best.

In the Mason Trophy Inter Schools Championship, he recorded a throw of 46.70m to see him end up in fourth place.

Sproston has now been nominated in the Junior Individual category at the Sentinel/City of Stoke-on-Trent Sports Personality of the Year Awards by his dad, Kevin.

He said: “Owen’s sister, Chelsea (Cooper) did well in athletics and represented Great Britain, and 10 years’ later Owen is coming through.

“He used to go and watch his sister, so he’s always been up at the Northwood Stadium. He’s now worked his way up to multi-events.

“Owen has also taken up pole vault, so that’s another string to his bow.

“He trains twice a week and also does plenty at home. He goes to Stafford for his hurdles training and he’s at Northwood Stadium for the rest of the disciplines.

“He keeps progressing and in January this year he set six new personal bests in an indoor event.”

It seems pretty obvious that Sproston is a name to keep an eye out for on the athletics front.





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