As Windsor Slough Eton and Hounslow's (WSEH) Jake Norris, who heads up one of the best club Hammer squads in the UK, moves towards the close of his 2018 season, he can reflect on an impressively successful year.
Jake joined the athletic club in 2010 and has been with his hammer coach, Paul Dickenson since the age of 12. Dickenson himself a two time Olympian and has developed for WSEH, what is arguably one of the strongest club hammer squads in the UK.
Like other athletes of his calibre, Jake gained a sports scholarship at the Louisiana State University (LSU) and headed there in August of last year. Having finished his first indoor season in the US with a British best in the 35 pound weight discipline, his focused turned to the 2018 outdoor season.


At his first outdoor competition for LSU in March he broke the British Junior Record in the senior weight hammer with a throw of 70.98 metres. He extended this record twice more, culminating with a bronze medal at NCAA Finals with a 73.24 metre throw.
The beginning of April saw Jake break the British Under twenties record with 79.55 metres, a distance he extended to 80.45 at the British National Championships shortly after his return to the UK, despite still suffering from jet lag.
Selection for the U20 World Championships followed, where Jake proved his ability to cope in pressure situations. He won the gold medal, again breaking his own record, with a massive 80.65 metre throw!
Jake still holds the British Youth Record with the 5k hammer, which he gained when winning the Silver Medal at the European Youth Championship in 2016, with a distance of 79.20m. A sign of his immense ability.

Despite his status on the UK list, Jake is a consummate club athlete, competing for WSEH whenever his busy schedule allows.