ABIGAIL HAYWOOD is India-bound after winning a place in the England team for the Commonwealth Youth Games in October.

The talented 17-year-old pole vaulter competed for the North of England team in the Under 23 Home International match at Derby where she gained the important qualification height.

The mark was set at 3m 85cm – which was Haywood’s previous personal best standard – but she blitzed that height to record a new PB of 3.91 to seal her place on the plane to Pune, India.

She will be joined by British No1 Kate Dennison, who was unable to compete due to illness, but will be in action for Team GB at the Olympics in Beijing, having already achieved the Olympic B qualifying standard of 4.30m.

Earlier this season Haywood, who competes for Sale Harriers, had a very busy but successful two days of competition.

She represented West Yorkshire at the English Schools Athletic Championships at Gateshead where she competed in the senior girls pole vault.

The wet and cold weather conditions were far from ideal for pole vaulting but after a long three hours of competition Haywood eventually took the silver medal with a clearance of 3.60m. Sophie Upton, of Wiltshire, won gold with 3.70m.

A day later she was in action at Birmingham in the Aviva National Championships and Olympic Trials.

At only 17 she was one of the youngest competitors in the Championships.

The weather conditions were much more favourable and Haywood rose to the occasion, producing an excellent performance.

She made a big clearance of 3.82, just 3cm short of her PB, to take fifth place overall while winner Emma Lyons, who also competes for Sale Harriers, won with 4.12m.