Hartlepool high jumping teen selected for national schools team

Dyke House Sports and Technology College pupil and high jumper Jack Griggs. Picture by FRANK REID
Dyke House Sports and Technology College pupil and high jumper Jack Griggs. Picture by FRANK REID

A sporting star from Hartlepool has his sights on national success - despite having no coach of his own.

Jack Griggs, 14, has been selected for English Schools following his performance in high jump at county level in which he is now inter county champion.

Dyke House Sports and Technology College pupil and high jumper Jack Griggs. Picture by FRANK REID

Dyke House Sports and Technology College pupil and high jumper Jack Griggs. Picture by FRANK REID

Jack, a Dyke House Sports and Technology College pupil who lives in Seaton Carew, is now ranked number one in the North of England for his age.

His proud family say that Jack could even excel at other sports in future.

“He’s just been selected for English Schools as has Megan Costello in the 100m who also goes to Dyke House,” said Jack’s mum Joane, 49.

“Jack’s a good all-round athlete but he’s chosen the high jump so that’s what he’s going for.

“He doesn’t have a coach so the fact that he has achieved this without is amazing. He’s only actually had three PE lessons on it.

“He’s done absolutely brilliantly.

“He got to county level last year but finished third behind two lads who were older than him and he’s gone on from there.

“I’m biased because I’m his mam I suppose but he is just a nice, quiet and unassuming lad who just gets on with things.”

The family previously lived in Oxfordshire before moving to Hartlepool, where Joane is originally from, when Jack was seven.

Jack’s potential was first picked on and encouraged by Holy Trinity C of E primary school teacher Jonathan Ball, who informed Dyke House that the youngster could well have talent to success in athletics.

“He wasn’t really competing on any level and he was very shy,” added Joane, who is married to Jack’s dad Malcolm, with who they also have Aarron, 28, and Charlotte, 26.

“But over the last year he’s been put in the Elite Squad so he’s now on the full scholarship scheme.

“Everything he has has done has been with minimum coaching but it’s something he’s keen to develop.

“As well as the high jump he’s also good at javelin and sprinting, although that’s kind of on the back foot for now.

“We’re still trying to find a coach for Jack and the county are looking into getting him someone.

“With a proper coach, there is no reason why he can’t be at the top of his game.”