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
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
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
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!!