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Sportshall Report – 27 October 2007

Wimborne U13 Boys Team - Provisional Winners

The first round in the 2008 Sportshall League took place at Canford School on Saturday 27th October.

This colourful, vibrant, exciting and noisy event is a great introduction to competition for our newer and younger club members with the emphasis on fun and inclusion in athletics. Whilst the emphasis is on fun, it is also a competition and it was great to see all our athletes performing well and doing their best.

Aaron McCoy in
speed bounce

Leticia 'TC' Hardy and Phillippa James
during the Paarlauf


We’ll start our round-up with the girls. Both team managers, Lorraine and Colin, had their hands full due to the number of athletes available for the teams – at under 15, teams are made up of 4 athletes, and at under 13, teams are made up of 12 athletes. The under 15s could have had a second scoring team in fact.

At under 15, in addition to a team competition (which Wimborne came 2nd equal out of 7 teams), there is an individual competition. At the end of the competition Wimborne have 3 athletes in the top 10; in first place is Abby Sandford with 77 points with Ellis Marples and Sarah Jordan joint 9th on 61 points. Our other athletes in this age group (Rebecca Light, Laura Harvey and Suzanne Bacon – on her debut) also put in some good strong performances. My personal highlight was their heat winning 4x2 lap relay – a very exciting race to watch.

The under 13 team finished 5th out of 7 teams by a mere half a point despite having a wide age variation within the team, with athletes ranging in age from 8 up to 12 years. There is a lot of depth in this age group and the youngsters can now build upon their personal achievements at the next event. The established core of ‘veteran’ U13 athletes (Hannah Winton, Katie Cook, Phillippa James, Rachel Welch & TC Hardy) led the way with some strong performances in their individual events and encouraged and mentored the newcomers (Shae Hardy, Kelly & Phoebe O’Mahoney, Chloe Downes, Kelly Snook, Carley Kritzinger, Hope Gough, Georgia Collins), keeping them relaxed and ready for competition.


We had a one man under 15 boys team, namely Kyle Wilson. In fact there were only 11 under 15 boys at the competition in 3 separate teams! Kyle had some good performances and ended up 7th at the end of the competition.

Our star performers on the day were the under 13 boys. We had a team of 9 athletes and, despite not winning any scoring events on the day, they ended up at the top of the table by 19.5 points. This just goes to show what you can achieve as a team, even if none of your athletes win their events. Again a core of ‘veteran’ U13 athletes (Aaron McCoy, Jack Snook, Tom Broderick, Sam Neill & Liam Winton) welcomed a number of newcomers to the team (Jack Downes, Matthew Curtis, Adam Collins and Tim Neal). Fantastic effort from them all!


We are all very grateful for the help, support, and encouragement given by the parents, giving up their time to get the athletes to the competitions and hope that you can continue to do so.

Once again, well done to everyone involved on Saturday, you should be justifiably proud of your results – let’s continue to put our effort in to the training sessions and improve upon these good performances.

The next Sportshall league match is at the Osprey Centre in Portland on Saturday November 17th – check your diaries!


U13 boys:
1st Wimborne Wasps 387.00
2nd Poole AC 367.50
3rd Bournemouth 288.00
4th Dorchester Tigers 272.00
5th Weymouth Wizards 174.00
6th Poole Runners 137.50


U15 boys:
1st Poole AC 329.00
2nd Poole Runners 141.00
3rd Wimborne Wasps  73.00


U13 girls:
1st Dorchester Tornados 460.00
2nd Poole Runners 419.50
3rd Dorchester Whirlwinds 379.50
4th Weymouth Whizzkids 354.00
5th Wimborne Wasps 353.50
6th Bournemouth AC 185.00
7th Poole AC 34.50


U15 girls:
1st Dorchester Hurricanes 291.00
2nd = Wimborne Wasps 277.00
2nd = Poole Runners 277.00
4th Bournemouth AC ‘A’ 269.00
5th Dorchester Lightnings 252.00
6th Bournemouth AC ‘B’ 95.00
7th Poole AC 73.00


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