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Success for Lawson and Donovan Capes at the English Schools Championships in Manchester

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The Capes brothers - Donovan and Lawson - produced medal-winning performances at the English Schools Championships in Manchester.

It was Donovan’s fourth outing at the finals, where he was joined by younger brother Lawson for the first time as he has finally come of age to compete in the under 15 boys section - albeit a year early as he is only 13-years-old.

Donovan had changed his technique from the glide to the highly technical rotation in the winter for long term results.

Lawson and Donovan Capes
Lawson and Donovan Capes

Still an under 18, he competed in the senior under 19 event and won a bronze medal with a throw of 14.94m - which was an amazing achievement in a development year.

He now hopes to be selected again for England in September for the Under 18 team as he has thrown 16.97m with the lighter 5kg shot.

Lawson was going into the event ranked number one in the UK in his first year, and coming off last weekend where he competed in the English Schools Team Cup final and set a new championship record.

He took gold in Manchester with a 1m 27cm advantage, throwing 15.13m and winning his first major championship medal.

Father and coach Lewis Capes said: “The boys have done amazing and they have worked so hard through the year.

“Donovan changing technique takes a good couple of seasons to master and Lawson in his first championship year have exceeded expectations and are a true example of what happens when you put the hard work and commitment into your sport. We are very proud of them.”

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