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Athletics star given mayoral send-off

Eastleigh Borough’s rising star of field athletics has received a mayoral send-off.

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Athletics star given mayoral send-off

Before Serena Vincent heads to the Bahamas for the Commonwealth Youth Games 2017 she will join Eastleigh Mayor, Councillor Mo Sollitt, for a cup of tea and to receive the good wishes of the Borough.

Fifteen year-old Serena is one of the UK’s highest achieving shot putters in the under-17 age range and will put her abilities to the test against some of the best international competition in Naussau next Wednesday (19 July).  At 15, Serena will be one of the youngest under-17 competitors at the Games.

Serena will be hoping to add a Commonwealth medal to the Indoor British Championship and the Southern England Championships that she picked up earlier this year. She also broke the Southern England under-17 indoor record, followed by the national under-17 indoor record and is top of the UK’s rankings for her age group.

By coincidence, the Mayor’s son, Gary Sollitt, was one of Britain’s best shot putters, also competing in international competitions.

Serena, who lives with her family in Bursledon, was also recognised in the Eastleigh Sport & Physical Activity Alliance Awards 2016 as Junior Sports Person of the Year.

Serena’s father, Andrew Vincent, who will join her for her meeting with the Mayor, said: “We are all so proud of Serena’s achievement and work ethic that has produced this incredible opportunity at international level which she is very keen to grasp. Despite an incredible season in 2016, the thought of representing England in the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2017 at only 15 years old, was still little more than a dream – but as the season has unfolded her consistent improving results saw Serena’s chances grow with almost every competition.”

The Mayor, Councillor Maureen Sollitt, said: “Having such a high achieving young athlete competing in international competitions really helps put Eastleigh Borough on the map.  I am sure that all our residents will join me in wishing Serena the very best of luck in the Commonwealth Youth Games.”