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WAC have 7 Sportshall County Champions – 26 January 2014

Paula Hine reports from Canford.

This year’s Sportshall County Championships took place in the dry and warmth of Canford Sportshall on the very wet afternoon of Sunday 26th January. WAC had over 40 athletes entered into the exciting afternoons line up of running, jumping and throwing events. Seven of them are now Sportshall County Champions 2013/14.

Unlike in the league, the under 11s get to compete against their own age group in some events for this meeting. Eddie May was our first Champion of the day, winning the boys high jump in 1.20m. In the other field events, we had two silver positions for Ben Butcher in the speed bounce  and Derry Sowinski-Brown in the triple jump. Joe Baynham also finished with a 3rd place in the triple jump event. The highlight for the under-11 boys’ team had to be when four red vests lined up for the 4 lap final: Ben Butcher 2nd, Joe Baynham 3rd, Derry Sowinski-Brown 4th and Joel Green 5th.

In the under-11 girls events the very fast Erin Thickett took 2nd place in the 2-lap race, with the same time as winner Elle Ward from Bournemouth. Charlotte Laing also made the 2-lap final and finished in 3rd place overall. Lucy Gladdis and Ava Keay had a great battle in the 4-lap final and finished 4th and 5th place respectively. Erin Thickett is now the Sportshall Vertical Jump County Champion.

The boys under-13 team was small in numbers, short in height, but big in effort and reward! Tom Morrison, despite having competed in cross-country the day before, was crowned Speed Bounce Champion. Mattie Effick had a fine afternoon with two second place certificates in the 2-lap and triple jump events. Competing in Sportshall for the very first time, Dan Baynham had a couple of terrific runs in the 4-lap event, qualifying and finishing 2nd overall. The slightly more experienced Robert Hughes did well to finish 2nd in his high jump event and 3rd in the 6-lap race.

The under-13 girls team can boast four wins to their credit. Nia Burley started them off with a joint first jump in the high jump. Charlotte Ayton went on to take an impressive double win in the 2-lap and triple jump events. Becca May is the Vertical Jump Champion and Jasmine Figg took 2nd place in the shot putt. The 4-lap event also so saw two WAC vests, Amy Keay and Isabelle Kingswell-Farr, in the final line up.

The relay finals proved to be very exciting. The boys 4x2-lap team had a fantastic close race with Poole AC where they just got pipped at the post. The team consisted of Robert Hughes, Eddie May, Dan Baynham and Mattie Effick. The girls’ team went one better and took the gold with a fine team performance from Becca May, Amy Keay, Erin Thickett and Charlotte Ayton. The boys’ circuit relay team had a very eventful and exciting final. They finished third, but I know they were disappointed and will be back next year! In the team were Joel Green, Adam Richardson, Joe Baynham and Ben Butcher.

The under-15 team also had a very exciting afternoon with some fine performances by our older athletes. Ross Crabbe took 1st place in the 2-lap, 2nd in the long jump and 3rd in the shot putt. He was rewarded with second place overall. In the girls’ events, Pippa Hine won the 4-lap and speed bounce events and has since been declared the overall winner, our 7th Champion of the afternoon. Becky Kent was 2nd in the long jump, Ellie White 2nd in shot putt and Caitlyn Hooper 2nd in speed bounce.

The WAC red army are now eagerly awaiting the final league match on Sunday 16th Feb. They will need to put in some more fine performances and turn out in large numbers if they are to maintain their current lead and win the league overall. Good Luck young WACers!!!!!



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