Alfie WiIliams, left, on the podium after making it an England 1-2.

ATHLETICS: Alfie Williams had an international debut to remember at the U18s Youth Nations Cup in Dublin.

The West Norfolk AC athlete and Downham Market Academy student won a silver medal for England in the shot put.

Williams began his series with a nervous first throw of 14.05 metres but gradually grew in confidence as the competition went on. 

His fifth round throw (14.97m) was enough to cement second place, with the gold medal going to his England team and training mate Chris Dymishri, of Northampton AC. Dymishri had also waited until round five to fire his furthest effort (16.21m). Until that point the Irish favourite, Gergely Pap, had been leading since his first throw (14.51m). 

But the Wexford athlete could not find the big throw he needed and the England pair took the first and second steps on the podium. 

The fantastic result added to an overall England victory on the day. 

Williams was proud to be chosen as part of the national team and had every belief in his own ability to return home with a medal. 

He has been working hard for the past few years with a top UK coaching team based at Northampton, led by Stuart Carlaw and including West Norfolk AC throws coach Allan Williams and Ryston Runners AC’s Marianne Oakley.

The next big competition will be at the end of this month at the UK Age Group Championships in Bedford, where Williams will be aiming to turn silver into gold. 

A successful year for Williams has already included a National Indoor Championships bronze, another bronze at the England Schools Athletics Championships and a top-three UK ranking.