The first match of the new sportshall season saw the teams
dominating the speedbounce and foam javelin competitions with top performances
in each team.
The U11 Boys, all new to sportshall had a fantastic start to
the afternoon, winning their heat in the first race of the day, putting them 5th
in the hurdles relay. Our top results came from Connor Jordon and Will
McDonald. Connor won the 1 lap in 11.9s, and jumped to 2nd place in
the standing triple jump with 5.30m. Will got to the end of the foam javelin
runway with his winning throw of 19.5m.
The U11 girls team came 4th overall. Bethany
Maclean, won both the speedbounce with 56 and the foam javelin with 14.0m
before coming 2nd in the individual 1 lap with 12.5s. Emma Long and
Erin Gosney were joint 2nd in the speedbounce with 54. Erin also
took 3rd place in the chest push with 5.25m. 4th places
were gained by Leilah Gaye in the standing triple jump with 4.68m and the team
of Bethany, Leilah, Lilia Gale and Zoe Dickson in the hurdles relay.
The U13 girls continued the theme with Annabel Maclean
winning the speedbounce with 85 and Zoe Allen close behind coming 2nd
with 80. Zoe and Annabel then came joint 4th in the individual 1
Finally in the U15 girls Aimee Dickson came 2nd
in the speedbounce by 1 jump with 87 and Emily Tucker took 2nd place
in the chest push with 5.5m
Team Kennet Athletes in Athletics National Finals.
Team Kennet had 3 athletes representing Berkshire at the
National Finals for Sportshall Athletics at Sportcity, Manchester this weekend.
Sportshall is an indoor athletics competition for young athletes up to age 15.
On Saturday Aimee Dickson represented the U13 girls. After
winning the regional finals, the Berkshire girls came an incredibly close 2nd
place at the UK final. Aimee won individual gold in the speedbounce and the 4×1
On Sunday Oliver Gregory and Harry Booker represented the
U15 boys. Having come 2nd in the regional finals earlier in the
season, they were invited to the UK final as the best runners up in the
country. The Berkshire team were victorious and came out as the U15 boys UK
champions. Harry also won silver as an individual in the shot. Both athletes
have had a fantastic sportshall career with Harry representing Berkshire for 5
successive years and Oliver for 3 years. Congratulations to both of them for finishing
their sportshall careers on such a high.
Sunday 3rd March was the Sportshall South East
Regional Final. Team Kennet had 5 athletes selected to represent Berkshire.
James Fenner and Max Casey were selected for the U11 boys,
who won the competition overall. Max won the relay and come 3rd in
the chest push (7.25m). James came 4th in the obstacle relay.
The U13 girls also won the competition and will be going
forward to the National Finals in April. Aimee Dickson won 2 golds in the
Obstacle relay and 4×1 relay
Harry Booker and Oliver Gregory had their last ever
sportshall match with the Berkshire U15 boys, who finished 2nd on
the day. Both have been selected to represent Berkshire multiple times in their
sportshall career. They finished on a high with personal bests in shot with
Harry winning gold(13.36m), Oliver silver (12.2m). Oliver also won gold in the
4×2 relay. In the all rounder competition Harry came 9th and Oliver
In the last match of the sportshall season the team gave everything and were rewarded with a long list of top threes.
The U11 boys blue team had their best team result of the season, coming in second on the day. Ivan Chekmazov and Jack Pyke ran an outstanding Paarlauf winning by 1.4 seconds with 70.6sec. Ivan also came second in the vertical jump (47cm). James Fenner won the indoor javelin with 16.50m and came 3rd in the speed bounce (52). William won the target throw with a score of 12. In the red team Max Adams came just behind James in the speed bounce with a score of 51.
The U11 girls were up against very strong teams. Their best results came from Tillie Bell taking 5th in the Balance test with a near perfect score of 53 seconds and Millie Philips in the speed bounce with 50 jumps coming 7th. The majority of the girls were lower age U11 and so are looking forward to an excellent season next year.
In the older groups Aimee Dickson won the U13 girls speed bounce with 84 and in his last sportshall match for Team Kennet Harry Booker (U15 boys) once again won the Shot with 12.06m and came third in the triple jump.
Best of luck to all our athletes waiting to hear if they have made the Berkshire County team
We took 7 athletes to the U13 &15 sportshall
championships on Sunday. Both teams were low on numbers, but all athletes were
able to compete as individuals and join some of the team events.
The Under 15 boys nearing the end of their sportshall time
gave fantastic performances with Harry Booker winning the silver medal (221pts)
and Oliver Gregory coming fourth (215pts), just missing out on a medal by 4
points. In the individual events they shone in the shot (again!) with Harry
winning (12.61m) and Oliver close behind in 2nd (11.86m). Harry also came 2nd
in the speed bounce (78), 3rd in the Standing triple jump (7.19m) and 5th in
the 4 lap (44.4s). Oliver came 4th in the standing long jump (2.43m)
and 5th in standing triple jump (7.01m), 2 lap (20.4s) & 4 lap
In the U13 girls Aimee Dickson came 5th in the
overall competition, winning the speedbounce (83) and coming 4th in
the 1 lap obstacle (17.8s). Harriet
Gibson came 4th in the speedbounce (72).
The individual placings for the rest of the U13 girls (all
first year U13) were Lyla Goodwin 23rd, Harriett 29th,
Grace Wotherspoon 42nd and Alanna Smith 44th.
The U11 boys just missed out on medals on Sunday at the Sportshall Championship, coming fourth. The team had several top 3 finishes and finished the day with on a high winning their heat in the GrandPrix.
James Fenner continued Team Kennet’s success in the Triple Jump with a jump of 5.77m giving him first place. This was matched by Jack Pyke coming first in the high stepper with 13 seconds. Second place was taken by Ivan Chekmazov and Ethan Kuijten in the Paarlauf with 71.6sec (winning their heat by half a lap!)
The team got several third places between them, James in the 1 lap obstacle, Matthew Howard in the chest push and the team of James, Jack, Ivan and Ethan in the 4×1 sprint relay & overall in the Grand Prix.
The U11 girls came in 9th with an undersized team. That didn’t stop them putting in maximum effort, especially when Charlotte Morgan, Leilah Gaye, Sophie Byway and Georgina Johnston showed off their speed, agility and determination by winning the GrandPrix overall.
Georgina, in her first sportshall competition, took second place in the target throw. The speedbouncers Charlotte and Tillie Bell got 48 and 49 jumps giving them 3rd and 5th place. Sophie also came 4th in the chest push with 5.0m.
Team Kennet took 23 athletes to the second sportshall league match on Sunday. This was the first match for the U11’s.
The U 11 boys blue team came 5th on the day and our partial red team came 16th. Our U11 girls team came 13th. Most of these teams were first timers and lower age still learning the events but are showing great potential for the future. Our best results came Max Cassey, James Fenner and Ivan Chekmazov. Max in his first ever match won the triple Jump with 5.78m and also got 3rd in chest push (6.5m). James took 2nd in High Stepper with 13.5 sec, 3rd in chest push (6.5m) and 4th in vertical jump (41). Ivan got 4th in the 2 lap with 22.4sec. James and Ivan were joined by Joseph Hoaen and Enzo Morrison to come 4th in the 4×1 lap.
The U13 Girls are currently 5th in the league and boys 9th. The best result came from Aimee Dickson coming first in the balance test (60sec ) and 5th in the vertical jump with 45cm. She was closely followed by Lyla Goodwin with 44cm in the vertical jump.
The U15 team of Harry Booker and Oliver Gregory continued their domination of sportshall in Berkshire by achieving top 3 in every event. Harry won the Chest Push with 7.25m, came 2nd in Standing triple jump with 7.39m and Hi Stepper (11.7s) and finally 3rd in 4 lap, 43.8. Oliver came second in the 4 lap with 43.2s, and third in Standing triple jump (7.31), Hi Stepper (12.5) and Chest Push (6.5m). A force to reckoned with!
Team Kennet had their first Sportshall League Match of the season on Sunday at Eton. We took 17 U13 and U15 athletes. Most teams were short on numbers but had excellent results beating other teams of the same size.
The U15 boys came 4th, with Harry Booker and Oliver Gregory battling each other for position, coming first and second in both the 4 lap and shot. Harry won out with 44.6 seconds in the run, beating Oliver by just 0.2 seconds with 44.8sec. In the shot it was Harry again with 12.66m to Oliver’s 12.19m. Annabel Gibson represented the U15 girls by herself coming 8th overall. Her best result coming in the standing triple jump where 6.09m put her in third place.
The two U13 boys, Ben Fisher and Edward Cain came eighth overall, even beating another team of 3 athletes. The U13 girls were the best represented on the day, with the full blue team coming fifth and the partial red team coming eleventh. The best individual results came from Aimee Dickson winning the speed bounce with 78 and 4th in the shot with 6.66m. Alanna Smith, in her first sportshall competition, sped home in the 6 lap to take 5th with 83.2 sec and Lyla Goodwin jumped to 6th in the standing Long jump with 2.02m.
Team Kennet had three athletes competing for Berkshire this year.
In the U11 girls, Lyla Goodwin, Grace Wotherspoon and the rest of the Berkshire team came 2nd in the South East Regional final, only beaten by an incredibly narrow margin by Surrey. Both got new personal bests in the Standing Long Jump. Lyla with 2.02m and Grace with 1.96m.
In the U15 boys, Harry Booker was selected for the Berkshire team for the 4th year running. The Berkshire Boys won the regional final with Harry managing 3rd place in the Shot Putt with 11.21m. He will join the rest of the Berkshire team for the national final in April.
For the final sportshall league match we took 19 athletes to Eton.
Our best team result came from the U11 girls blue team, who won their second bronze medals of the season. A mix up in the timings on the speedbounce, which meant the girls had to jump for 30 seconds instead of 20, didn’t phase Lyla Goodwin (80 jumps) and Katie Pennicott (76 jumps) as they claimed 1st and 3rd places. Lyla also placed second in Long Jump with 1.94m.
The team had several 4th places in individual events. Katie Pennicott in Foam Javelin with 11.75m, Harriet Gibson in Balance Beam (56sec) and Target throw (6pts). The team, including Neve Wright placed 4 in the 4×1 relay and 6th in the Paarlauf.
For the first time this season we took a second U11 girls team, The two girls had a fantastic first ever match with Alanna Smith winning the foam Javelin with 12.50m and Tilly Sideso matching Harriet in 4th place on the Balance Beam with 6 pts.
The U11 Boys team placed 8th out of 15th overall. The highlights were Theo winning the target throw with 9 pts and Ben coming 3rd in the speedbounce with 53 jumps.
The U13 and 15 teams have kept going all season with reduced numbers, but have had some fantastic individual results. In this match Aimee Dickson (U13) won the speedbounce with 88 jumps, Pheobe Hoaen (U15) won the overhead throw with 6.5m and Sophie Weadon came 4th in the shot putt with 8.78m.
For the boys Harry Booker and Oliver Gregory (U15) continued to dominate the Shot taking 2nd (11.28m) and 3rd (9.88m). The same pairing also managed 4th place in the paarlauf with 90.1s. Oliver Bazin completed the U15 boys team with 5.25m in the overhead throw giving him 4th place.
With the season at an end we have had 3 athletes (U15 – Harry Booker, U11 – Grace Wotherspoon and Lyla Goodwin) selected to compete for Berkshire at the upcoming Regional Final and wish them the best of luck.
There are photos from the event on the Team Kennet Facebook Group.