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SportsHall – Torbay Triumphs – U13/U15 South West Regional Final

Dorset county took 4 teams to this year’s South West Regional Sportshall Final held in Torbay on 10th February.

Wimborne athletes were selected in three of the four age groups:

U13 Girls:          Hannah Winton, Phillippa James & ‘TC’ Hardy

U13 Boys:         Aaron McCoy & Jack Snook

U15 Girls:          Sarah Jordan

In the U13 Girls, Hannah came away with an individual gold medal in the standing triple jump and overall the team came fourth,  only 3 points behind third place Cornwall. Phillippa and ‘TC’ both put in solid performances in their individual events.

In the U13 Boys, Jack and Aaron both put in good performances in the high jump helping the team to an agonising second place overall, a mere 26 points behind the champions Avon. It was a valiant effort by all the boys, given that they were one athlete short of a full team and could not cover all the field events, and a shame that they did not qualify for the UK Final on the day.

It was a different story in the U15 Girls age group. Sarah had been asked to travel to Torbay as a reserve athlete, not expecting to compete. However, she had the opportunity to run the first leg of the 4 x 2 lap relay, and what a storming effort it was! Sarah ran very well to hand over in the lead and despite the baton being dropped later in the relay the Dorset team won by a very narrow margin. Result: one gold medal for Sarah! In fact the U15 Girls team did so well that they were crowned South West Region Champions and have all been selected to represent the county at the UK Final in Birmingham. Well done Sarah, and well done the girls team!

We should also congratulate Abby Sandford (now Wimborne AC 2nd claim) who won a very tight competition for the U15 Girls individual title, Her winning margin was a solitary point!

To cap a fine afternoon of achievement, Dorset also won both the individual and team title in the U15 Boys age group, and they will also be going forward to join the girls at the UK Final.

Well done to everyone who competed.

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