Thirty-two athletes primarily from years 7 and 8 contested the second ‘Go for Gold’ trial held at Whitehall Athletics Arena on Tuesday 14th June 2011 on a warm and relatively calm evening. Again the club offered a cross section of events so that we could assess the ability of the young athletes to throw and jump as well as run. Of the 32 young athletes 15 will be invited back to contest the final trial and the remaining 17 will be invited back to train with Bristol & West Athletic Club on Wednesday night young athlete sessions if they are not already part of another club.
Features of the night were a 1:44.18 600 metres by Corey Haynes, a 49 metre 4 centimetre and 4 metre 70 metre long jump from Henry Jones and a 12.73 100 metres from Freddie Lloyd all in the Year 8 age group. The year 8 girls also produced some strong performances with Lucy Atkinson’s 2:06.76 600 metres and 44 metre 18 centimetre ball throw being prominent, whilst Amy Parker was a clear winner in the 100 metres for the year group in 13.46 seconds and long jump with 3 metres 85 centimetres. Amy Duffy and Elizabeth Thompson shared the honours in the high jump with clearances at 1 metre 33 centimetres but both found 1 metre 35 a step too far.
In the year 7 age group James Osola was a clear winner of the 100 metres in 14.06, Mark Pratt won the 600 metres in 1:53.77 and shared the honours with Lloyd Kelly at 1 metre 35 centimetres in the high jump. Lloyd showed all-round jumping ability – winning the long jump with a leap of 4 metres and was only narrowly beaten in the ball throw where Mark Pratt threw 52 metres and nine centimetres to win his second event.
There was a disappointing field of three in the Year 7 girls, where all three girls cleared 1 metre 15 centimetres in the high jump and Kinnie Songu (100 metres in 14.83) and Sam Barrett (600 metres in 2:13.31) shared the running honours.
A huge vote of thanks to the dedicated band of volunteers without whose help it would be impossible to stage these events.
A full list of results is available at Downloads – Go for Gold Results.