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Sportshall season round up – 28th January 2017

Paula Hine reports from Canford School

The last of the three Sportshall league matches took place just before Christmas.  The Wimborne red army was out in force despite Christmas preparations and we had a very positive and successful end to the league, winning both the boys and girls u11 and u13 age group competitions.  We have had over forty athletes competing at every meeting, and many young WACers have worn their red vest for the first time.  Sportshall athletics is a great introduction to the sport, we have had a fantastic team spirit, and superb support from our parents cheering all the athletes and helping with officiating where asked.

Saturday the 28th January saw the Dorset County Sportshall Championships, also held at the Canford School.  Again there was a great turn out from the Wimborne team, despite a clash with the south of England cross country championships being held at Parliament Hill in London.  We can proudly say that we now have no less than twenty two county champion individuals or relay teams.  The future definitely looks bright for Wimborne AC!!

Starting with the u11 boys’ track events, young Harry Woods, who was competing for the first time in Sportshall, made the final of both the 1 lap and 2 lap events.  Having won the 2 lap final, he may have gone on to make the double if he hadn’t had a slight slip off the last reverse board turn.  He is definitely one to look out for in the future.  Also making the sprint finals were Jakob Roberts, Charlie Naish, Edward Hall, Jacob Barnett and Albert VDF.  Albert also partnered his younger brother Woody in the 2+2 relay which they won very convincingly.  The u11 boys are definitely a sprinting force to be reckoned with, winning both the team relays, 4x1 lap and the obstacle.

In the field events Jakob Roberts was joint winner in the long jump and Charlie Naish won the vertical jump and finished third in the triple jump event.  Oscar Wade and Oliver Foster, both competing for the first time, came first and second in the target throwing.  Bouncing their way to a joint second place in the speed bounce event was Adam Gladdis, Oscar Davis and George Butcher.

The u11 girls didn’t let the boys down.  They also won both the 4x1 lap and obstacle relays, showing great depth in our young sprinters.  Ella Dalton, Eva Welstead and Isla Dalton all made the 1 lap final, and we had six athletes in the 2 lap final which was won by Kitty Sharpe.  In the field Beth Goldie chest pushed the medicine ball for a fantastic win.  Beth also came second in the vertical jump which was one by Ella Dalton, one of our promising young jumpers who went on to win the triple jump event.  Kitty Sharpe and Amy Darragh were joint winners in the speed bounce event, Amy also finished second in the triple jump, where we had third place as well with Amelia Davey.

Unfortunately the u13 boys’ team was very low on numbers due to sickness and the clash with cross country.  Ben Butcher was our only athlete competing.  He is now county champion for both high Jump and triple jump.

Katie Hull from the u13 girls had a great afternoon, winning the long jump and making the final of the 2 lap sprint.  She was also part of the obstacle relay team who won.  She was supported by Hannah Stephens, Lucy Lockwood and Lydia Hughes.  Tilly Coombes competed in her first 6 lap race and finished in a fine time in second place.  Emma Salkeld jumped into second place in the vertical jump and Lydia Hughes bounced into first place in the speed bounce.

In the u15 competitions Robert Hughes finished off his WAC Sportshall career with some fine performances in the 4 lap sprint, triple jump and the winning throw in the shot putt.  Joshua Lock also had a good afternoon and we hope that both boys will be selected to represent Dorset in the regional finals.  Lucy Gladdis had the race of her life with a fine win in the 2 lap event; she also went on to win the speed bounce.  Flo Lockwood, was competing in her first Sportshall competition, and had a fine run in the 4 lap race, she also finished second in the vertical jump.

With all these fine WAC performances we feel sure that many of our young athletes will be selected to represent Dorset in the regional finals and we wish them all the best with this event.

I would like to thank all the Athletes who have competed for Wimborne this season and all the parents who have supported them.  Bring on the Track and Field season!!




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