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Jazmin Cooke Wins High Jump at Yeovil Open with an Outstanding PB Performance.

Yeovil Olympiads Athletics Club played host to their first athletics meeting of 2020 at the Bill Whistlecroft Arena on Saturday 29 August.

As the Yeovil Games 2020 cannot take place under the current restrictions, the club have scheduled two mini-opens with this Field Open Meeting being the first. The second is scheduled for Saturday 5 September which includes track events up to 800m.

BAC’s Jazmin Cooke entered the High Jump, her top event and she meant business.

The day started with an apprehensive drive with Jazmin’s support crew in tow (AKA Claire Cooke and Peter Lock). Although the journey was shrouded with nerves, this provided a good base for Jazmin’s adrenaline and passion for success. When they arrived at Yeovil track, it was a very calm atmosphere and the nerves soon settled.

This was the first HJ competition of the season and Jazmin was able to watch the men’s HJ first, a brilliant event before heading over to the waiting area for her own event.
The athletes were taken over in accordance with Covid guidance. The athletes were able to position their run ups and practise jumping prior to the start of the competition. Jazmin put the bar to 1.50m and felt good so she decided to start at 1.56m. She waited in anticipation for the other athletes to commence their jumps.

Jazmin Cooke Focused

It was vital for Jazmin to keep her muscles warm as the wind and clouds had dulled the skies by that point. As she limbered up to take on her first jump, the sunshine made a welcome appearance and Jaz flew over the first jump at 1.56m!

Jaz Clears the Bar Convincingly

Jaz waited patiently as the last few competitors made their final attempts at clearing the bar. The other athletes were unable to stay in the competition and Jaz was then the last girl standing. It was clear she was the winner at that stage.

The next height Jaz attempted was 1.61m and yet again she flew over, clearing it by a good margin. The bar was raised to 1.65m and Jaz convincingly cleared it on her first attempt. As mentioned earlier, Jaz meant business that day and she had a strong belief in herself. She was hungry for success and knew she was could beat last season’s PB of 1.67m. She went for 1.68m and absolutely nailed it in one jump!

Not satisfied with that Jaz asked to raise the bar to 1.70m which was her ultimate goal! She attacked that 1.70m with such determination and drive – she cleared it!!!!

The crowd nearby were cheering passionately and it was no surprise to hear that mum, Claire Cooke was close to tears, what an achievement! To end the day on no less than a high, Jaz attempted 1.72m. However; the exhaustion and realisation had kicked in and she couldn’t quite get the energy she needed to clear it. Regardless, she is over the moon with her results and what an outstanding performance.

Well done Jaz! We’re looking forward to seeing you in action again.

Membership: Important Note

Important Note re Membership

The Club is very aware that as a result of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, members have not had the opportunity to compete for the club and for a lengthy period of time all club activity was suspended including competitions.

The Executive Committee has, therefore, agreed that all members who have already paid their membership for 2020 will have their membership extended for a period of a further 12 months through to the end of 2021. This will also apply to season tickets which have been purchased for this year.

The Club has already passed on to England Athletics the EA fees paid by the above members so we can confirm that their EA registrations are up to date to the end of March 2021. Please note that the EA year runs from 1st April to 31st March.

Those members who have not yet renewed their membership for 2020 have until the end of September to pay their subs for the current year. If they do so, then their membership (and season ticket if appropriate) will also run through to the end of 2021. We would also actively encourage all to pay the current year EA fee at the same time so that they will be covered to enter events up to and including 31st March 2021 as they resume. Please note that anyone training on the track during club sessions is expected to have renewed their membership before training.

The Club has reviewed the membership fees for 2021 and will be making some increases. This will partly offset the loss of income during 2020/21 following the above decision and being unable to hold our Open Events and other fund raising activities.

Members who haven’t renewed by the end of September will still be able to renew thereafter, however will need to pay the increased fees for 2021 as set out below: –

Senior £70 (currently £65)

Junior £50 (£49)

Under 11 £40 (£36)

Student £80 (£78)

Training fees and cost of season tickets will remain the same as 2020

All members (other than Under 11s) will also need to pay us the appropriate fee for 2021 for us to pass on to EA after 1st April 2021. England Athletics have not yet advised what that fee will be although there have been hints that it is likely to be increased. Members will be able to do this after 1st January 2021 and online renewal will be available in the usual way.

Hopefully this is all clear, however, if there are any queries, please contact the club by email:

Dave Parsons

Membership Secretary