CARDINAL Vaughan Memorial School pupil Liam White admitted there was still room for improvement despite snatching a bronze medal at the Aviva English Schools Track and Field Championships at the weekend.

The 16-year-old timed his dip for the line to perfection to win bronze in the inter boys 1500m with a time of 4.02.96, as Gloucestershire's Luke Carroll took gold in Sheffield.

But the Hercules Wimbledon AC runner, whose challenge was ruined by injury in 2008, has vowed to go for gold in 12 months time.

"It was really close at the end of the race and I'm just glad I managed to get my dip for the line right," said White.

"I didn't go early enough for the line and I left myself a lot to do in the home straight but I was very pleased with the finish.

"But it's all part of the experience for me - if I could do it again I would have kicked a little bit earlier but I am pretty happy.

"Everyone finishes strongly in the Schools and if I had kicked too early it could have been worse.

"To come away with a medal, my first one at this event, was great but I believe I can do even better next time I take part."

White's third place finish meant he missed out on selection for the England squad for the Schools International Atheltics Board Track and Field

International in Antrim at the weekend. White will travel with the squad as Carroll and Connor Robinson's reserve and insists he will be ready for action if required.

"I was also reserve for a cross country international earlier this year so I'm starting to get used to it,' added White.

"It's not the best thing to get used to so I'll have to train hard and see if I can take the guys down in the AAAs later in the year.

"I'll be on call for the whole week so if anyone gets injured I will be fit and ready to run."

Meanwhile Gabrielle Coveney had medal heartache in Sheffield as she finished fourth in the 400m hurdles.

The 17-year-old, who is a member of Ealing, Southall and

Middlesex AC as well as Shaftesbury Barnet, ran a time of 62.99secs, which was more than three seconds slower than winner Lauren Bouchard. 

* The Aviva English Schools Track & Field Championships is part of Aviva's commitment to giving every child in the UK the opportunity to get involved in athletics by 2012. Visit