Under 15 Boys
The under-15 boys had qualified for the National Final when winning the South West Championships with a young team with six out of seven eligible to compete again in 2013. Comparing performances at both events it is clear that all the team members did their utmost at the Finals. The team finished seventh isolated by a fair margin from the teams above and below. Team Manager Hilary Nash had predicted a top eight finish so the team did really well to fulfil that expectation.
Tomas Goodman was fourth= in the 4 lap race and along with Jack Dyer was fourth in the 8 lap paarlauf. Cameron Thaws was 8th in the standing long jump with a fine 2.62 metres.
The 4 x 2 lap relay combination of Callum, Ryan Fowler, Sam Noakes and Tom Wilkins narrowly failed to make the 4 x 2 lap final.
Tomas Goodman and Callum White were 26th and 27th respectively in the All-Rounder Individual ranking separated by just one point.
Under 15 Girls
Like the boys the under-15 girls were South-West Champions and with four out of seven eligible for 2013 also had a young team. A highlight of the afternoon was Sophie Thomas nervously waiting to see if anyone would get close to her Avon record equalling performance in the speed bounce. 95 in 30 seconds is just 3 off the England record. Next best on the day was 87.
Other individual highlights were Shanique Pierre winning the Vertical Jump leaping 67 cms and Emily Wright fourth= in the 2 lap run. Emily’s run was comparatively quicker than at the SW champs.
Sophie Thomas and Alex Alden combined to finish fifth in the 8 lap paarlauf.
The team finished 5th = and this was secured by the final 4 x 2 lap relay. Yemma Songu, Shanique, Emily Wright and Anicia Skeates combined to finish second in the heat and third in the final.
Mia Mok-Hartley started the day feeling unwell but cautiously completed her three events including a 57 cms vertical jump.
Sophie Thomas 18th and Alex Alden 22nd were the two leading team individuals with 225 and 222 points respectively. These points along with the next best two and the relays make up the team score.
At the start of the day Hilary had considered a top three outcome possible for what he believed to be the best Avon under-15 girl’s team to qualify for the National Finals. His post event analysis confirms that belief. The performance difference between fifth= and third was very marginal and the points total was the highest points total ever achieved by an Avon under-15 Girls team. This year it was exceptionally close from third to sixth so next year Avon will have the opportunity to fulfil the potential shown this year.
Full club results are available at Downloads – Sportshall.