Who is Tom Gale ?
Tom is an 18 year old High Jumper from West Wiltshire. He is a Great Britain International and World Championship Finalist. He is the 2017 NATIONAL CHAMPION (under 20 - Indoor and Outdoor).
In February 2016 Tom made his international debut representing England in the under 20 age group at the Celtic Indoor International in Cardiff. In May he made his Great Britain debut at the annual Loughborough International. Following a personal best performance at the National Junior Championships Tom was selected to represented Great Britain at the I.A.A.F. UNDER 20 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, held in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in July. Competing against the best 24 junior high jumpers in the world Tom successfully made his way through to the High Jump Final.
At only 17 years of age, and one of the youngest jumpers in the competition, he achieved 9th place in the final setting a new personal best performance with a clearance of 2.18m.
In August Tom proudly wore the Great Britain vest for the third time after selection for the inaugural Manchester International meeting where, against some of the best senior jumpers in Britain, he took the SILVER medal.
Tom finished 2016 at the TOP of the UK Under 20 rankings and was ranked 4th best in EUROPE.
Tom is a member of Team Bath Athletics Club where he holds the club High Jump record now standing at 2.22m. He also competes for Bristol and West AC in the British Athletics League. Tom is a sixth form student at the John of Gaunt Academy, Trowbridge, studying Maths, Physics and Chemistry.
Current Season - 2017
Tom's has had an amazing start to the outdoor season.
Tom entered the Wiltshire County Championships and retained the County Champion title with a new Personal Best performance of 2.20m.
On 21st May Tom was invited to represent Great Britain at the Loughborough International meeting where, from a field of 11 starters, Tom made his way through the competition clearing 2.22m. He, along with three seniors, then went on to attempt 2.26m (the 2018 Commonwealth Games qualifying height). Unfortunately all were unsuccessful, however, Tom finished the competition taking joint third place. A fantastic achievement for an 18 year old.
Tom is currently placed EQUAL SECOND IN THE EUROPEAN RANKINGS AND EQUAL FOURTH IN WORLD (under 20 age group - IAAF 19.06.2017). WOW !
In June, after retaining his title as Wiltshire Schools Champion, Tom went on to compete in the England Athletics Under 20 Championships where he cleared 2.18m to win the Gold medal, the Championship title, and confirm his place in the Great Britain 2017 European Junior team. Tom will be heading off to Grosetto (Italy) mid-July with his Coach, Denis Doyle, and other members of the GB team.
Tom had a fantastic start to 2017 becoming the 2017 INDOOR NATIONAL CHAMPION in the under 20 age group.
He also took a number of Gold medals during the indoor season. This included winning the Men's B Competition at the Hustopece Skakani Indoor meet whilst representing England (http://www.hustopecskeskakani.cz/currently/index). He won Gold at the Welsh Athletics Senior Championships and a further Gold was taken to retain his title as South West Indoor Champion.
Tom was also invited to compete in the prestigious 'Kolner Hochsprung Meeting' (Cologne, Germany) where he took 9th place from a field of 14 world class High Jumpers.
Tom's indoor performances saw him just 1cm short of his 2016 personal best performance of 2.18m.
Wow - what a year that was for Tom !
Tom started his indoor campaign with the Christmas Classic competition at the National Indoor Athletics Centre, Cardiff (NIAC) in December 2015 with a new Personal Best performance of 2.05m. In January he went on to win Gold in the South West Indoor Championships for the second year running. Tom was selected to represent England in the Celtic International in Cardiff where he claimed second place. Tom made his first appearance in a foreign competition when competing in the Czech Republic at the Hustopecske Skakani High Jump Festival.
May - Tom's outdoor season had a good start with a new Personal Best performance (PB) of 2.13m representing Bristol and West Athletics Club at the British Athletics League meeting in Cardiff.
The following week Tom won the Gold Medal at Wiltshire County Championships with another PB of 2.14m which smashed the existing record previously held by Great Britain International and Welsh Record holder Rob Mitchell.
Tom earned his first GB vest as a member of the Great Britain Under 20 team at the annual Loughborough International Competition. Tom was the youngest in the pack and was placed sixth out of the 10 competitors.
June - On 11th June Tom won the Gold medal at Wiltshire Schools Championships with another PB of 2.15m smashing the previous record of 2.00m.
The following week Tom won the Silver Medal at the England Athletics Under 20 National Championships. This event was also the trials for the World Under 20 Championships, requiring a qualifying height of 2.17m. Tom jumped another PB of 2.17m !
At the end of June Tom was invited to compete in the UK Senior Championships and Olympic Trials at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, against the very best of Britain's high jumpers. Tom showed great consistency equalling his PB of 2.17m from two weeks previous. Despite being the youngest in the competition he finished a credible ninth out of 16 competitors.
July - Tom's good form continued into July where he became the National Schools Champion. Two weeks later Tom was thrilled and honoured to be selected to represent Great Britain at the I.A.A.F. WORLD Under 20 Championships. 24 athletes entered the competition and Tom was one of the very youngest at only 17. On 22nd July, after successfully making his way through the qualifying round, he competed in the final setting a new PB of 2.18m to claim 9th place. If ever there is a good time to get a PB, a World Championship Final has to be one of the best !
Tom ended July with a second place finish to take the Silver Medal in the England Athletics Senior National Championships at Bedford.
August - Tom was asked to represent the Great Britain under 20 team in the inaugral Manchester International meeting. Once again Tom was the youngest competitor in the field but went on to win his first international medal. Tom claimed the Silver medal, finishing a close second to Scottish International Allan Smith (who has a PB of 2.29m).
Tom first tried High Jump at school in 2012.
In 2013 he entered and won a West Wilts inter-school competition following which he went on to win the Wiltshire Schools Under 15 Boys High Jump Championship at 1.66m. At this meeting Tom was approached by Caroline Howorth, one of the Team Bath AC Managers, and he subsequently joined Team Bath AC. During the 2013 season Tom competed in the National Youth Development League (Lower Age Group) and Avon League. He finished the season with a Personal Best performance (PB) of 1.66m.
In 2014 Tom moved into the first of two years in the Under 17 age group and once again won the Wiltshire Schools Championships and went on to win the Silver Medal at the South West Schools Championships. He also won the Wiltshire Athletics Championships and a number of other local competitions. As well as competing in the Avon League he also competed in the National Youth Development League (Upper Age Group) for Team Avon. Team Avon competed in the Midland Premier League and were successful in making their way to the National Final. Tom was asked by the team managers to compete in the Under 20 age group, even though he was only 15. He came a respectable seventh place with a jump of 1.80m. Had he competed in the Under 17 competition he would have won the Gold medal! That was a bitter pill for Tom to swallow, but he took this in his stride. Tom finished the season having improved his PB by 20cm to 1.86m. That year he was ranked 35th in the UK for his age group and 201st across all age groups.
In 2015 Tom remained in the Under 17 age group. This was the first year that Tom competed indoors. After becoming the South West Indoor Champion he then won Gold at the Birmingham Games. Tom went on to compete in the National Indoor Championships in Sheffield where he finished just out of the medals, placing fourth. Once again he became the Wiltshire Schools Champion and this year improved on his 2014 performance to become the South West Schools Champion. Tom competed at the English Schools Championships for the first time where he finished eighth. Tom had a number of further wins during the season and ended the year having improved his PB by another 10cm to 1.96m. He had also progressed his national age group ranking from 35th to 9th and his UK all age group ranking from 201st to 35th; a huge improvement from the previous year !