Team Kennet athletes were in action over the weekend representing Berkshire in the UK National Sportshall Championships held in Manchester.
On the Saturday Stuart Bladon was competing in the under 15 age group where Berkshire came out runners up just behind winners Donegal. Stuart came 8th in the standing long jump 2.67 and was 10th in the Speed bounce scoring 82 bounces in 30 seconds. Overall in the individual he was 26th out of some 60 boys.
The best came on Sunday where two of the club’s boys were in the under 13 section. This time Berkshire went one better and came out as Champions, with Avon runners up and Tyne & Wear taking third. Harry Booker was made Berkshire Team Captain on the day which he thrived by coming 2nd and winning a silver medal in the Shot with a massive 12.72 throw. He also picked up another Silver in the Obstacle Relay and was 4th in the 6 lap run. Oliver Gregory just missed out on an individual medal in the shot coming 4th place with a throw of 11.53. In all all three boys came back with a haul of medals first time this has been achieved by Team Kennet athletes
Team Kennet had three athletes representing Berkshire in the South East regional sportshall final on Saturday 4th March. Oliver Gregory and Harry Booker took part in the under 13 team with Stuart Bladon in the under 15 team. The competition was intense, hard fought and exciting throughout the afternoon with both teams eventually emerging victorious.
Individual highlights were a gold medal for Harry in the shot with a throw of 12.79m; a bronze for Oliver in the shot and a bronze for Stuart in the standing long jump.
All three now go forward as the largest every Team Kennet contingent to represent Berkshire at the national finals which will take place in Manchester on 22nd and 23rd April.
Earlier in February, Aimee Dickson was in the Berkshire team for the Under 11s regional final where the girls finished in 2nd place.
Team Kennet were in action in the opening Berkshire Sportshall League match at Eton. Both the under 13 girls and Under 13 boys teams finished in 4th place. The Under 11 girls came 5th with a younger development team in 12th while the boys came 7th.
For the Under 13 boys, Individual wins came from Ben East in the speed bounce and Harry Booker in the Shot while Harry and Tom Hills were joint 2nd in the Hi stepper and Tom came 3rd in Long Jump.
For the girls, wins came from Sophie Weadon in the Chest Push and Isabel Stevens in the Hi Stepper with 2nd place from Maddie Barnes in the Shot and 3rd places from Freya Owen in the Speed bounce and Phoebe Hoaen in the Shot.
For the Under 11 boys, Matthew Jones was 2nd in the 2 Lap individual, the triple jump and speed bounce and also came in joint 4th in the Soft Javelin with team mate Kian Hockaday. For the girls, Amelia Overend and Annabel MacLean came 2nd in the target throw, Annabel Gibson was 3rd in the long jump and the 2 Lap race with Rebecca Gray 4th in the triple jump. On the track, the quartet of Annabel, Amelia, Aimee Dickson and Lucy Colston were 3rd in the Obstacle relay and 4th in the 4 by 2 Lap race.
For the under 15s competeing as individuals, James Hills won the Shot and was 2nd in the long jump while Charlotte Booker came 3rd in the Chest Push with Kira Angell 4th in the Shot.
Four Team Kennet athletes took part in the U13/U15 regional sportshall finals at Burgess Hill against 6 other counties.
Danielle Newton and Zoe Forte took part in the U15 girls team that came 5th overall with Zoe coming 11th individually and Danielle 37th. Zoe came 6th in both the 4 Lap race (54.9s) and Shot (8.99m) and 11th in the Standing Long Jump (2.15m) whilst Danielle came 9th equal in the Speed Bounce (79) which was impressive as she suffered an asthma attack following the previous event, the 4 Lap race (1m 3s). Danielle also competed in the Standing Long Jump (1.90m). Both girls were part of the 4×2 Lap relay team that came 5th in a tight race.
Stuart Bladon took part in the U13 boys team that came 4th overall with Stuart individually coming 3rd in the 6 Lap race (1m 24.3s) and 9th in the Standing Triple Jump (6.38m) and also completed in the 8 lap paarlauf.
Mia Eldridge took part in the U13 girls team that came 3rd overall (just missing 2nd place in the last race) with Mia individually coming 2nd in the Shot with a new PB (10.40m) and also competed in the 4×1 and 4×2 relays coming 3rd in both relays.
In the final match of the Sportshall league, the Under 11 boys came 2nd on the day to finish in 2nd overall. The under 11 girls were 2nd on the day and 3rd overall. The Under 13 boys finished 4th overall despite 6th place on the day while the girls were 4th on the day and overall. The Under 15 girlls held on to 2nd place with 2nd on the day.
For the Under 11 girls, Verity Szala and Sophie Wheadon finished 1st and 2nd in the soft javelin and Daisy Tolhurst won the speed bounce. Clara Jones was 2nd in the vertical jump while Verity was 2nd in the balance test and Isabel Stevens 3rd in the Long Jump. Best track performance was 3rd in the Grand Prix.
The under 11 boys saw Harry Booker and Oliver Gregory 2nd and 3rd in the Soft Javelin and Ben East 2nd in the Speed Bounce and 3rd in the seated throw On the track they picked up 4th in Grand Prix and 2 by 3 Lap.
Under 13 girls saw Mia Eldridge win the Shot with Phoebe Hoaen 2nd in the seated throw. Mia and Freya Owen were 2nd and 3rd in the Speed bounce and on the track they were 2nd in the grand prix.
Under 13 Boys saw Stuart Bladon 2nd in the seated throw and equal 3rd with Cameron Langley in the Speed bounce. The track saw a 2nd place in the Grand Prix and 3rd in both the 4 by 1 Lap and 2 by 3 Lap races.
For the Under 15 girls, Kiah-Jay Stevens and Danielle Newton came 1st and 2nd in the speed bounce while Zoe Forte was 2nd in the Shot and long jump and 3rd in the triple jump. She also won the 1 lap on the track and the girls were 2nd in the 2 by 3 laps and the grand prix.
James Hills, our only under 15 boy was joint winner of the seated throw.
Five Team Kennet athletes were selected for the Berkshire team in the regional Sportshall Fun in Athletics competition at Burgess Hill on 11th January. The Boys team finished in 2nd place only 3 points behind the winners Kent and the girls finished 3rd.
Individually, Ben East and Harry Booker were in the 4 by 1 Lap relay team which finished 4th and Harry was in the Over and Relay relay where Berkshire came 8th.
In the field events, Ben was 3rd in the Chest Push and 10th in the speed bounce, Oliver Gregory was 5th in the Javelin and 13th in the balance test while Harry was 7th in the long jump and part of the 3rd placed high stepper team.
For the girls, Verity Szala was 5th in the balance test and 9th in the target throw while Clara Jones was 11th in the Vertical jump and in the 4th placed Hi-stepper team. On the track, Clara was in the 2nd placed Grand Prix relay team.