UNITED KINGDOM SPORTSHALL ATHLETICS FINAL – UNDER-15

The Avon Under-15 teams did remarkably well despite a few mishaps on the day in the girl’s relays and having to call up two reserves to complete the boy’s team.

The girls team featuring in a final for the 5th time achieved the highest ever placing of 4th. The boys exceeded my hopes and finished 6th. The eighth time the boys have qualified for the final with a best ever placing of 5th. Fantastic team achievements.

Sophie Thomas is Queen of Speed Bounce. Sophie retained her speed bounce national title with 94 in 30 seconds. A sequence of winning Under-13 for two years and repeating the “trick” at Under-15 level. Shanique Pierre commented that she did not do too well in the vertical jump. The reality was that she was 3rd with 65 centimetres just 1centimetre less than the joint winners. Ella Falk finished 3rd in her 2 lap time trial race. It proved to be the quickest of 6 races and Ella was 3rd=. Three well deserving medallists.

Tomas Goodman in the 4 lap run was placed 3rd overall. Cameron Thaws in the standing long jump 2.64 just missed a medal in 4th.

The girls 4 x 2 lap run was dramatic. Leading into the penultimate turn on the final leg somehow the baton hit the floor and spun across the hall. Kinnie Songu retrieved it with some alacrity and incredibly did not interfere with two other teams. The team was not disqualified but failed to reach the final. Cecilie Anderson and Shanique ran the 8 lap paarlauf and whilst Shanique was tiring on the final lap she was almost brought to a stop by a leg injury. Shanique finished the race but places had been conceded.

Tomas Goodman and Ryan Fowler combined for the boys 8 lap paarlauf. The pair finished 3rd out of 12 in a very competitive event. The boys 4 x 2 lap team included the two late replacements and in 7th place just missed out on the final. A super team effort.

On reflection the girls are a little disappointed they were not 3rd on the day. Never satisfied. The disappointment of the misfortune in the relays will wear off knowing it was the best result from an Avon Under-15 team. The boys could not have achieved a better placing without other teams above them disintegrating.

The leading individuals performed with distinction and Ada’ora impressed Shaun Pickering, and as she is an Under-14 stood out within the team as the best all round display.

Team Captains Sophie and Tomas proudly accepted certificates on behalf of the team

                                    Individual        Points                                     Individual                    Points            

Tomas Goodman**   9=                    252                 Ada’ora Chigbo        8                      247

Cameron Thaws*      15                    241                 Shanique Pierre**     12=                 230

Ryan Fowler**                        30                    208                 Sophie Thomas*       23                    213

Harvey Flower*          54                    150                 Ella Falk*                    26                    206

Tinashe Ngundu        61=                 141                 Cecilie Anderson**   44=                 178

Kai Smith*                  68                    119                 Pippa Reilly*              70                    131

Lucas Regazzo*                                                        Kinnie Songu*

4 x 2 lap*                    7th                      60                  4 x 2 lap*                    10th=                 25

8 lap Paarlauf**         3rd                    100                 8 lap Paarlauf**         5th=                   65

 

Sportshall UK Final 2013 – Under-15 Boys LG Arena, NEC, Birmingham 7 April 2013

 Ranking                                    Team Score        Individual     P8       4×2

  1  Cardiff & Vale of Glamorgan         1230                1010    120      100

  2  Norfolk                                           1227                1047      60      120

  3  Surrey                                           1162                  972      80      110

  4  Cheshire                                       1087                  937      70        80

  5  Birmingham                                  1079                  919      90        70

  6  Avon                                              1011                  851    100        60     851 = 252+ 241 + 208 + 150

  7  Hertfordshire                                   935                  835      50        50

  8  Nottinghamshire                              848                  703    110        35

  9  South London                                  841                  731      20        90

10  Tyne & Wear                                   750                  675      40        35

11  Co. Londonderry                             620                  570      30        20

12  North Yorkshire                               565                  555        0        10

 

 Sportshall UK Final 2013  – Under-15 Girls LG Arena, NEC, Birmingham 7 April 2013

 Ranking                            Team Score  Individual                   P8       4×2

 1  Norfolk                               1176                966                  100      110

  2  Tyne & Wear                     1067                907                  120        40

  3  Birmingham                      1045                865                  110        70

  4  Avon                                  986                896                    65        25      896 = 247 + 230 + 213 + 206

  5  Kent                                   980                890                    10        80

  6  Powys                                976                886                    80        10

  7  Cheshire                            922                782                    90        50

  8  Donegal                             916                776                    50        90

  9  Derbyshire                         912                752                   40      120

10  Hampshire                         897                807                    65        25

11  West Yorkshire                  855                775                    20        60

12  Newham                            844                714                    30      100                                         

The Under-15 teams included the following club members: Tomas Goodman, Lucas Regazzo, Kinnie Songu, Ella Falk and Shanique Pierre.

Hilary Nash Reports.