Friday Focus: Megan Costello

AN ATHLETE from Dyke House College has been rewarded for her hard work and dedication with a call-up for a major national competition.


AN ATHLETE from Dyke House College has been rewarded for her hard work and dedication with a call-up for a major national competition.

Megan Costello has shown over the last 12 months just how much she wants to succeed in track and field and has delivered.

The Year 9 student and Gateshead Harriers runner has been called up to represent North-East Counties Athletics at the Inter Counties Championships next month.

That means Megan will head to Hull’s Costello Stadium to compete in a tournament regarded as the highest level of team competition available to athletes below international.

The Inter Counties are seen as an important step for athletes to take on the road to reaching the top and Megan can’t wait to be involved when she heads to Humberside on July 2. 

The 14-year-old said: “I was really excited when I got the call to tell me and I was really shocked at first. I didn’t show it much at first but I was really happy.

“I hope to do well now it has sunk in, because it is the first time it will be good experience to be involved in something like that but I also want to go and do well.

“We have been to Leeds, Manchester, a few places with Gateshead but this one does stand out a bit more.”

Megan will compete in the under-15 girls’ 200m and the long jump when she heads for Hull and she feels her call-up has made all the hard work worthwhile.

She said: “Last year I didn’t feel I was as good as everyone else but this year I am getting there. I have started getting level with people who I have never drawn with before and that has felt good.  I have been more determined to beat them.

“The training has got harder with Gateshead, they have pushed me more over the last 12 months because they know I want to do it and I want to do it more.

“I competed in the North-East Championships recently at Gateshead and I got third in the 200m, second in the long jump and fifth in the 100m.

“I then got the phone call from the North-East team manager about Hull. Long term I would love to go to the English Schools, that’s the aim … an even bigger aim is getting to the Olympics in 2024.”

Megan, enrolled on the Elite Development Squad scholarship programme at Dyke House, has smashed personal bests in her three main events and is extremely close to reaching English Schools’ standard times.

She has ran since Year 4 at Clavering but says she has really only embraced the challenge of trying to improve on her times sine moving to Dyke House after a period with St Hild’s.

Megan said: “I used to do anything in primary, I loved sport. I was a sporty person. I still am but I don’t have the time to do many other sports because I train four times a week - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday – with Gateshead.

“Even when I go home I watch videos on technique to try to improve that side of me. Those have also taught me to eat more food and to drink more water to get faster and stronger. I really want to keep getting better and better.”