King’s Rochester pupil Michael Burfoot, age 14, is celebrating his triumphant win at the National Championships on Sunday 26th February 2017 which has earned him the title of number one shot putter in the county at ‘Under 15’ level. Michael overcame his nerves to throw a personal best of 13.34 metres in front of the crowd at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.
Last season saw Michael placed 20th in his age group but with an impressive training regime, that sees him in the gym for up to three sessions a week alongside intensive sessions with his coach, he has spent the last two months at the number one spot. Saturday’s win places him firmly in front of the nearest competitor by over a metre; a position Michael is determined to maintain.
Michael, who also plays Rugby and throws discus at Blackheath and Bromley Harriers Athletics Club and is a Sports Scholar at King’s Rochester school.
When talking about his future goals, Michael is unhesitating to explain how he aims to throw 15m or further, which he has achieved several times in training, and that he is keenly set on entering the Kent Schools Competition in August and then onto The English Schools Competition, the fourth biggest athletics event in the world.
Michael Hebden, Director of Sport at King’s Rochester said “for Michael to be performing at this level at this early point in his career, it can only lead to great things. I believe if he continues at this rate, we will definitely be seeing him at Olympic events in the future”.