AVON Under-15 Sportshall Team at the South West Regional Championships

Torbay on 1 March 2014 and the sun was shining but we were focused on the competition inside. As always the outcome depends on the teams performing well and hopefully better and more consistently than the other teams. The Avon teams are in the habit of winning at Torbay. In selecting the teams it was clear the girls’ team was strong but the boys team was an automatic choice from the five who competed at the trials. Two other lads were drafted in to complete the team. Aaron Reolizo (who competed last year as an Under-13 and was recommended by Dave Turner) and Gabriel Dos Santos.

As a team manager the 14 team members made it an easy and enjoyable day. The team spirit was terrific and when they were not competing they gathered as a unit to chat and recover from exertions. In brief the outcome was a win for both the boys and girls teams. The teams thereby qualifying for the National Final to be held at SportCity, Manchester on Sunday 6th April.  Congratulations to all team members.

As well as a team event the competition incorporates an All-rounder Event and six athletes each compete in three events. The outcome was brilliant with Ada’ora Chigbo and Alfie Light coming first. Ada’ora won all her three events and this has only once before been done by an Avon athlete, Jade Ellans, who went on to the National Final where she finished joint 1st. Ada’ora’s 10.48m shot putt effort was further than the previous championship best set by Jade back in 2006. Ada’ora will miss the final so she will be sorely missed.

The table below shows an impressive set of individual All-rounder  placings:

BOYS                                                     Points                   GIRLS                                                     Points

1st           Alfie Light                           134                         1st           Ada’ora Chigbo                 150

2nd          Alex Crofts                         133                         4th           Abigail Roach                    136

3rd           Declan Walters                 132                         5th           Sofie Anderson                                130

4th           Aaron Reolizo                   130                         6th           Esther Leong                      127

5th           Harvey Flower                  129                         10th         Emma Warinton               116

19th         Gabriel Dos Santos          107                         13th=      Jess Dadds                          114

In the individual events top three placings were achieved by:

Sofie Anderson                Speed Bounce   93           1st

Ada’ora Chigbo 4 lap run              46.9        1st;          Shot Putt             10.48m 1st;          Standing Long Jump       2.31        1st

Abigail Roach    4 lap run               48.1       3rd;          Speed Bounce   86           2nd;

Esther Leong      Vertical Jump    54cms   3rd

Aaron Reolizo   2 lap run              20.7        1st=;        Standing Long Jump       2.62m    1st;         

Alex Crofts         2 lap run              20.7        1st=;        Standing Triple Jump     7.74m    2nd

Declan Walters Speed Bounce   85           3rd

Alfie Light           Shot Putt             11.06m 2nd

Harvey Flower  Shot Putt             11.21m 1st

Sofie’s speed bounce effort was outstanding. Aaron and Alex sharing 1st place was remarkable.

The team result takes the four best individual scores and adds the points from the two relays. Michael Bakare and Rosie Harris played key roles in the 4 x 2 lap relays.

Esther and Ada’ora combined for the 8 lap paarlauf. From the half way point Esther pulled away from the field and Ada’ora extended the lead for a comfortable win. Rosie, Abigail, Sofie and Emma determined the running order and gave an impressive demonstration of how to pass the baton. Slick changes enabled them to pull away from the other teams for a very convincing win.

Harvey and Alfie combined for the paarlauf.  To take advantage of Alfie’s very quick running they were persuaded to break with the norm of 2H, 2A, 2H +2A to run  2H, 2A, 1 ½H and 2 1/2A. The outcome was a fine second place.  The final relay team was under instructions to set of fast with Aaron, then to Michael, Gabriel and finish with Alex. A totally dominant performance with the next team more than 50 metres adrift. A long, long way behind.

Thanks to Nick Crofts and also former team member Pippa Reilly who officiated at the event.

Boys:     Avon     659;        Devon   628;        Dorset  564         & Gloucestershire           502                                                        

Girls      Avon     683;        Dorset  614;        Devon   593         Gloucestershire                               478         & Somerset        387

A copy of the best performances at Regional Sportshall competitions over several years is available at http://www.bristolandwestac.org/downloads/sportshall/ .

Hilary Nash Reports