Octavia sets the bar high after Schools Games bronze

Octavia Cavill took part in girls high jump at the Sainsbury's 2015 School Games at the Manchester Regional Arena. Picture (c) PA Archive/Press Association Images
Octavia Cavill took part in girls high jump at the Sainsbury's 2015 School Games at the Manchester Regional Arena. Picture (c) PA Archive/Press Association Images

Bedford high jumper Octavia Cavill was left wondering what could have been after winning bronze at the Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games.

Heading to Manchester’s Regional Athletics Centre on Friday, Cavill was already able to toast a successful season having triumphed at the English Schools’ Championships back in July.

And the 16-year-old was in no mood to miss out on another podium as she won the girls’ high-jump bronze with a best leap of 1.69m.

However, having leapt 1.75m this season – which would have given her gold in Manchester – Bedford Modern School pupil Cavill was far from jumping for joy.

“I’m not that happy with the height even if a bronze medal is alright,” said Cavill, who saw Phoebe Tan take gold and Isabelle Cain-Daley pick up silver.

“I clipped the bar at 1.72m on my second attempt and on the third my foot slid so I felt frustrated. I’m hungry for higher heights and I’ve jumped 1.75m this season but feel I can go so much higher.

“My greatest achievement was winning English Schools this year and I’ve jumped a PB since which I’m also happy about, but I wanted gold here.”

And after her Manchester adventure Bedford and County AC starlet Cavill is certainly aiming high. “I’m going to push myself in winter training so that I go into the new age group stronger and develop my technique,” she added.

“There are definitely positions to fill in women’s high jump and if I keep working then hopefully in the future there may be a position for me in the GB team.”

The Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games is supported by a range of partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, Youth Sport Trust, Department of Health and British Paralympic Association.

The Games were held in venues across Manchester from 3-6 September 2015. Visit www.2015schoolgames.com for more information.