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Indoor Athletics 2008/2009

A small number of Wimborne athletes have been taking part in some indoor athletics competitions. Most of the indoor athletics competitions are for athletes in the under 15 age group and upwards – so whilst our juniors are enjoying Sportshall in the winter season, indoor athletics provides opportunities for the more senior athletes to compete at this time of year and it is also a welcome change to the monotony of winter training.

Towards the end of 2008, five Wimborne athletes went to an open competition organised by Team Bath at Bath University:

In the Pole Vault we had two competitors. Trudi Carter vaulted 2.85m, winning her age group, and Jack Snook managed a personal best performance at 2.40m, also winning his age group.

We also had two sprinters competing in the U17M 60m. Kyle Wilson won the age group in 7.34s also a personal best performance. Ben Amey also did a personal best performance in 7.85.

Finally Hannah Winton took part in the triple jump, leaping to a fine 10.27m – just shy of her best.

Three athletes braved the journey up to the next indoor meeting on 18th January - the South of England Indoor Individual Championships in Lee Valley (North London). The Lee Valley stadium is an excellent facility and the competition was, as expected, a very high standard – a number of senior international athletes were taking part:

In the 60m, Ben and Kyle again went in to battle. Ben won’t mind me saying that he had a bit of a nightmare start, following a false start which wasn’t his fault, and finished just outside his personal best in his heat. Kyle, on the other hand, clocked 7.33s, a personal best by 1/100th of a second, winning his heat. Unfortunately, a hamstring injury sustained in the next round at 50m prevented Kyle from improving his performance. He is currently ranked 28th in the UK over 60m in his first year in the under 17 age group and we all hope that his recovery will be as swift as his running.

Jack Snook flew the Wimborne flag in the U15 Pole Vault, hoping to improve his personal best performance from Bath. Not only did Jack manage to improve to 2.50m, he came home with the silver medal – a terrific performance, well done Jack.

There will be further indoor opportunities which your coaches will keep you advised of.

Steve Snook



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