Burnley’s Sophie Hitchon back in action

READY FOR ACTION: Sophie Hitchon
READY FOR ACTION: Sophie Hitchon

BURNLEY’S Sophie Hitchon is back in action next weekend on international duty at the European Cup Winter Throws in Castellon, Spain.

The British hammer record holder kicked-off her 2013 campaign earlier this month with a throw of 70.34m at the British Athletics Winter Throws Trials in Loughborough, and will head a team of seven Great Britain and Northern Ireland athletes in Spain, next Saturday and Sunday.

Sophie,who finished 12th in the Olympic final at London 2012, is joined by 2009 European Under 23 bronze medallist Sarah Holt in the hammer.

The 21-year-old former Ivy Bank pupil hopes to break into the world top 10 this year under her new coach Tore Gustafsson.

Following the trip to Spain, Sophie has the Loughborough International in May to look forward to, before the serious business of the European Under 23 Championships in Tampere, Finland in July, and the World Championships in Moscow in August.

Full GB and NI team:

Alex Smith – Hammer

Mark Dry – Hammer

Sophie Hitchon – Hammer

Sarah Holt – Hammer

Sophie McKinna – Shot put (Under-23)

Rachel Wallader – Shot put

Joseph Dunderdale – Javelin (Under-23)