4 March 2019
Sussex independent girls’ school Roedean was celebrating in early March after watching former pupil Amber Anning help Great Britain to silver in the 4x400m relay at the European Indoor championships in Glasgow. (Saturday March 2)
Amber, with teammates Lavial Nielsen, Zoey Clark and Eilidh Doyle, trailed Poland all the way but Eilidh made ground in the final leg to give the home crowd hope before finishing in 3:29.55, with the gold medallists coming home in at 3:28.77.
The Old Roedeanian 18-year-old ran the third leg and handed over in second place.
It was a thrilling weekend for Amber as, even though she just missed out on her individual event, the semi-finals of the women’s 400m the day before, her performance drew praise from American four-time Olympic gold medallist and BBC commentator Michael Johnson.
Impressed that Anning had the confidence to run from the front in her heat said: “That is the way you should run it. A young athlete not afraid to go out and run from the front indoors is exactly what you want. It shows a tremendous amount of confidence and potential.”
Roedean headmaster Oliver Blond said: “We are incredibly proud to see Amber doing so well for her country. She serves as an inspiration to all the girls at her old school – that hard work and dedication really pays off.”