WADAC Sportshall young athletes went along to the Sportshall Grand Prix at Fareham Academy organised by Mike Coker. The athletes compete over six events: 1 Lap sprint : 2 Lap Sprint : Standing Triple Jump : Standing Long Jump : Speed Bounce : Javelin. Sam Brockway competing in only his second Sportshall event dominated the under 13 boys event winning three of the events overall and finishing 2nd in the other three. In the under 13 girls event Grace Reid was 6th overall with a creditable 3rd place in the 1 Lap, Emelia Jarvis finished 7th and Sophie Torrance 8th, with her best event being 5th place in the Speed Bounce. Lucy Torrance competed in the under 15 girl category, finishing 4th with her best performance being 2nd in the Speed Bounce.
The Winchester & District men proved themselves last Sunday at the CC6 race in Kings Inclosure Stoney Cross by winning the team event in difflicult conditions. Ian Debnam and James Heneghan came third and fourth respectively, a debut run for James too, while Julian Mann and John Gore ensured our win with sixth and sixteenth positions cementing our team win. This puts the men's team in second postion overall so far, and all to play for!
Unfortunately the ladies turn out was limited to Jane Gandee who came in a creditable fifth. Hopefully more runners can attend the next race on the 14th December at Janesmoor Pond for the Santa Special to return our ladies to winning ways.
WADAC young athletes competed at the second Hampshire Sportshall league match at Andover Leisure Centre. There was a great improvement by all teams and more consistency of performance which is a result of the comtinued committment to training shown by the athletes. The under 13 boys team finished 2nd overall with Sam Brockway showing great promise in his very first Sportshall event. The under 13 girls showed great consistency and achieved third place overall. The under 11 girls finished 4th team on the day with Freya Brannigan and Abi Reid impressing with thieir combined efforts in the 6 Lap Parlauf and 1 Lap events. The under 11 boys achieved 4th place and showed great enthusiasm, with a great example being Jacob Clements who volunteered to do the 1+1 Lap and 6 Lap double as well as achieving the equal best score in the Balance Test. Lucy Torrance finished fifth in the individual under 15 girls event. The next match is in January in Portsmouth. There is a Sportshall Grand Prix event on December 10th at Fareham Academy which is a very good event to attend.
The Hampshire Sportshall season started at River Park Sports Centre Winchester, with Winchester & District teams taking part in the event which is for boys and girls teams at under 11 and under 13 and for individuals at under 15 level.
The best team position was achieved by the Under 13 boys with 2nd. Jonny Eadie & Zachary Sherry achieved a fine 1st place in the 8 Lap Parlauf and Zachary Sherry : second places for Jonny Eadie & Thomas Gudino Triple Jump : Samuel Clifton & Matthew Tugwell Vertical Jump : Alex Miles & Jonny Eadie Shot Put & 2 Lap.
The Under 11 boys team despite being inexperienced finished an excellent third team overall.
There was a good win for Frankie Diedrichsen & Samuel Roberts 1+1 Lap A race and second places for Charlie Foster & Iwan Wrey Brown 6 Lap Parlauf : Frankie Diedrichsen & Charlie Foster Triple Jump : Jacobs Clements : Diedrichsen : Khalid Elsheikh : Samuel Roberts 4x1 lap relay. Other performances were 3rd Charlie Foster & Samuel Cordon Target Throw and Jacob Clements & Thomas Elliott 1+1 Lap B.
The under 13 girls unfortunately had absentees which meant they were not at full strength but the girls showed great team spirit and finish 5th overall. Best Performances 4th Serena Charles & Heather Clifton 6 Lap Time Trial: 4th Sophie Torrance @ Serena Charles Shot Put : 5th Fenella Brooking & Gina Pethen Speed Bounce : Alina Eichhorst & Gina Pethen 2 Lap.
The under 11 girls finished 6th overall but will be better equipped for the experience for future matches. Best performances ; 2nd Emily Smith & Melissa Charles Chest Push : 4th Tuesday Bettridge & Amelia Krone Target Throw : 5th India Sherry & Tuesday Bettridge Soft Javelin : 5th Amelia Aikenhead , Tuesday Bettridge, India Sherry and Emily Smith 4x1 Lap relay 6th Sachi Shiraishi & Millie Brooking Triple Jump.
Due to injuries the only under 15 athlete taking part in the individual event was Lucy Torrance but she performed very well to finish equal second on the day achieving a personal best in the Standing Long Jump.