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Out in force for Sportshall – 23 November 2013

Paula Hine reports from Canford.

Wimborne's young Sportshall team was out in force again at Canford Sportshall on 23rd November. The red army put up some great winning performances, put together some excellent team work, and often put themselves out of their comfort zones to ensure that we covered all the events for this match. The cheering paid off  - Wimborne are still leading both the boys and the girls under 13 league with just one match to go.

The boys circuit obstacle relay team kicked off the afternoon’s excitement with a close fought win. Ben Butcher’s excellent last leg sealed them first place, after Eddie May, Derry Sowinski-Brown and Joe Baynham had held us in close contention.

The other only other win for the boys that afternoon  came from Derry and Elliott Symes in the 8 lap parlauf. The final sprint relay 4 x 2 lap team won their heat but were beaten on time by the winners of the second heat – Poole AC. In the Wimborne team were Mattie Effick, Fraser Vivian, Robert Hughes and Elliott Symes.

Other notable performances were:

Seb Flavell, who started the afternoon as guest, filled in at the last minute for events that became available when other athletes did not make it to the meeting, well done Seb!!!

Mattie Effick - 2nd 2 lap. 3rd speed bounce
Robert Hughes - 2nd vertical jump
Derry Sowinski-Brown - 4th triple jump
Fraser Vivian - 4th vertical jump
Elliott Symes - 4th shot putt
Ben Butcher - 4th speed bounce

The girls had two complete teams plus guests available to compete on Saturday afternoon, whilst this was a team manager’s logisitical nightmare, what a nice problem to have. The strength in depth and enthusiasm to take part is overwhelming. The Whizzkids team were winners overall after some close competition, in particular with the girls from Bournemouth AC. It was really pleasing to see the Whippets development team were not far behind them and finished in fourth position.

The girls’ circuit obstacle relay team followed the example set by the boys and tumbled, crawled, jumped, hurdled and sprinted their way to a win. Representing us were: Abbie Lovering, Ava Keay, new comer and birthday girl Lucy Tipping, and Lucy Gladdis.

The most exciting race of the afternoon has to be the girls 4 x 2 lap relay. It was such a close fought race between us and Bournemouth AC, it was down to baton changing, tactics and pure determination which paid off in our favour this time. Well done to Becca May, Amy Keay, Erin Thickett and Charlotte Ayton. 

Other notable performances for the girls:

Charlotte Ayton - 1st 2 lap & 2nd triple jump
Issie Kingswell-Farr - 1st vertical jump
Erin Thickett - 2nd vertical  jump
Becca May - 3rd vertical jump
Eleanor Riley - 2nd 4 lap
Erin Thickett & Abbie Lovering - 2nd parlauf
Jasmine Figg - 2nd shot putt
Beth Kingswell-Farr - 4th 6 lap

Our older under-15 athletes also had a successful afternoon. Whilst the boys’ team were pleased to welcome Eddie Trimm, they were unfortunately able to field a full team this time. Ross Crabbe however had a fantastic afternoon winning both the 2 lap and long jump events. He is currently in first place overall and we wish him the best of luck with the final match.

The girls were more fortunate and had four athletes competing. Pippa Hine won the 4 lap and speed bounce events and is now in 3rd place overall, only 2 points behind the lead athlete.

Caitlyn Hooper is close behind her in fourth place and all to play for in the final meeting. Ellie White and Becky Kent also joined the team and after some fine performances Wimborne are currently winning the under-15 girls league.

We look forward to the last match for this season in February next year!!!


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