Team Kennet Winter 2023/24 Presentation Awards

Each March the club holds its annual Winter presentation of awards for outstanding achievement representing and working with the club during the winter season including Cross Country, Indoor Athletics and Indoor Sportshall.

This season Team Kennet had huge team success with Cross Country, with Under 9, Under 11 and Under 13 girls all winning the Basingstoke Cross Country League. Under 9 and Under 13 boys both finishing 2nd and U11 Boys 3rd.

Well Done to all and several athletes received TK Stars for competing in all 4 matches.

In the league for the individual performances U9G Praiya Foreman finished in 1st Place and Matilda Saunders 2nd. U9B Chester Bailey 2nd, William Moloney 5th and Idris Gaye 6th.

U11G Ella Larkin 1st, Penelope Lyth 3rd and Matilda Clare 4th. U11B Malik Gaye and 2nd, Samuel Atkins 3rd.

U13G Harriet Saunders 1st, U15G Charlotte Bailey 1st and Ethan Kuijten U15B 1st

In the Club Championships U9G Praiya and Matilda hold the joint 1st position with Matilda Hogg finishing 3rd. U9B Chester Bailey 1st, Idris Gaye 2nd and William Moloney 3rd. U11G had 16 girls compete this year with Ella Larkin finishing 1st, Penelope Lyth 2nd and Matilda Clare 3rd. U11B Samuel Atkins 1st, Malik Gaye 2nd and Thomas Williams 3rd. U13G Harriet Saunders 1st, Anna Hall 2nd, Emerald Hill-Sawyer and Ella Cronk in joint 3rd. U13B Harry Smith 1st, Elliot Bell 2nd and Oskar Larkin 3rd. U15G Charlotte Bailey 1st and Lola Mitcham 2nd. U15B Ethan Kuijten 1st and Max Adams 2nd.

The Senior Athletes participated in the Oxfordshire Cross Country League and in the Club Championships for the Senior Women in 1st place Katie Reynolds, 2nd Anna Riggall and 3rd Georgina McCabe. Senior Men, 1st Andy Colling, 2nd Mitch Poustie and3rd Phil Baker.

To round up the Cross Country Awards there were two most improved athletes, in the male category JJ Mercer and female, Orlagh Stratford.

2023 saw Team Kennet return to Indoor Sportshall with several athletes taking part in the Berkshire Trials in November and December. Congratulations to those athletes who were selected and received TK Stars; Ella Larkin, Isla Ladds, Ella McDonald, Matilda Clare, Malik Gaye, Jenson Nichols, Samuel Atkins and Emerald Hill-Sawyer. At the Sportshall South East Regional Final the U11G Berkshire team finished in 2nd, U11B Berkshire Team 4th and U13G Berkshire Team 3rd.

For the Sportshall awards in the U11Gs the winner was Matilda Clare and runner up Isla Ladds. U11B winner Malik Gaye, U13 winner Emerald Hill-Sawyer and runner up Ben Daley. This seasons Sportshall Queen was awarded to Penelope Lyth. In the Berkshire Sportshall Championships held in January 2024, where Team Kennet U11Gs were crowned Champions, Penelope was the best overall performer as she was the only athlete to finish in 2nd or 3rd in all the events she competed in. We look forward to returning to Sportshall after the success this season. Special thanks to all at the club who made it happen, especially Sarah Dickon and daughter Amiee for their support pre/post event, nominations and presentation for the awards.

The final award of the evenings is the Champions Champion and this seasons winner is Malik Gaye.

If anyone from juniors to seniors would like to join the club please get in touch with us.

Berkshire Indoor Sports hall Championship 2024

Sunday 14th January Team Kennet Juniors participated in their first Berkshire Indoor Sports hall Championship since pre COVID at the Thames Valley Athletics Centre. SPORTSHALL ATHLETICS is an indoor form of track and field for children between the ages of 4 and 16 and it allows the young athletes to train during the cold and dark winter months.  A superbly organised event with the girl age groups participating in the field events first, and the boys the track, That Saw Team Kennets under 11 Girls Blue Team Crowned Champions of Berkshire.

We had teams representing U11 and U13 age groups and following their huge success in track and field finishing on top of the Wessex and Oxford leagues, the U11 girls were able to provide two teams.

In the U11 boys we had a team of 7 and the team achieved 6th place with 266 points. In the field events Malik Gaye managed 2nd place in the Vertical jump, and the chest push and Samuel Atkins 1st place in the balance test.  On the track Jenson Nichols and Joe Mercer secured a 3rd place in the 1+1 lap event.  Other boys taking part Gethin Thomas, Sebastian Lauder-Clarke and Sebastian Lane. 

For the U13 group the girls had a smaller team of 5 also finishing in 6th place with 226 points.  In the field Ella Cronk secured 2nd place in the standing long jump. Jessie McCurtin 3rd place in the speed bounce. The girls were consistent with their track events finishing 5th in the 4 events. Other girls taking part Anna Hall, Emerald Hill-Sawyer and Harriet Saunders, if they had one more team member they would have been able to finish in the top 3.

In the U13 boys we had a full team of 8 securing a 5th place with 270 points.  Euan Jones and Noah Lauder-Clarke had success in the 3+3 Lap event finishing in 1st place .  In the Paarlauf Lauder-Clarke teamed up with John Brian to finish in 3rd place. Other boys taking part Ben Daley, Harry Smith, Josh Brian, Oscar Larkin, Henry Bell and Elliot Bell. 

With two teams entered it was sure to be a busy day for the U11 girls.  In the red team Sophia Mahoney secured a 4th place in the balance test and on the track in the 1+1 Millie Barlow and Gracie Cooke finished 4th.  Also in the red team Alice and Orlagh Stratford and Ella Parsons.  With 268 points the red team secured 6th place.

For the blue team there were some strong field performances, a 1st place for Matilda Clare in the standing long jump, 3rd place in the vertical jump for Ella McDonald, 2nd for Penelope Lyth in Speed Bounce and 1st and 3rd place for Isla Ladds and Penelope Lyth in the Hi Stepper.  In the field 2nd place for Isla Ladds and Penelope Lyth in the 1+1 race.  Also, success for the team with 3rd places in the 2+2, 3+3, Paarlauf, 4×2 relay and 4th place in the 4×1 relay. Completing the team were Maisie McCurtin, Affra Bailey and Matilda Pedersen.   These performances secured the girls 1st place with 318 points. 

Prior to the Championship there were three trial events and Team Kennet have 9 athletes which have been selected to represent Berkshire at the Intercounty competition in February. These athletes are Emerald Hill-Sawyer, Ella Larkin, Ella McDonald, Isla Ladds, Matilda Clare, Jenson Nichols, Joe Mercer, Malik Gaye and Samuel Atkins.

Junior Sports hall trials December 2023

We took 27 athletes to the last sportshall trials of the season to preparation for the County Championships in January. Our athletes were able to showcase their skills resulting in us coming away with a multitude of top 3’s including

First places

·        Samual Atkins U11B Balance Test

·        Jenson Nichols U11B Chest Push

·        Jessie McCurtin u13G Speed Bounce

Second Places

·        Affra Bailey U11G High Stepper

·        Matilda Clare U11G Vertical Jump

·        Noah Lauder Clarke U13B Shot

·        Emerald Hill Sawyer U13G 2 lap 

Third Places

·        Ella Larkin U11G 1 lap

·        Matilda Clare U11G Chest Push

·        Ella McDonald U11G triple Jump

·        Joe Mercer U11B 1 lap

·        Malik Gaye U11B vertical jump

·        Samuel Atkins U11B Javelin

Well Done to everyone who took part.

Sportshall Match 3

Sportshall Match 3 – 26th January 2020

Sunday was the last sportshall league match of the season, making it the last for Annabel Gibson as she moves to U17. Annabel has competed for Team Kennet in Sportshall since she was 9 years old. In this last match she came 3rd in the Standing long jump with 2.04m and was joined by Aimee Dickson in the 8 lap paarlauf coming 2nd with 99.1sec. Aimee also came 4th in the speedbounce. Annabel and Aimee bought the U15 league competition to close with overall 4th place.

The U11 Girls once again dominated the speedbounce with all 6 competitors coming in the top 8 out of the 42 taking part. Emeilia Lunn came 1st with 52, Emma Long 2nd with 51, In joint 4th with 50 were Millie Philips, Erin Gosney and Imogen Cowell. Close behind was Lilia Gale with 48.

Bethany Maclean and Erin have made a brilliant 6 lap Paarlauf pairing this year and finished with a first place in 77.8sec. Bethany also came 3rd in the foam javelin with 11.5m. Overall in the league the girls came 5th.

The U11 Boys also came 5th overall. Connor Jordan and Ethan Kuijten made a fantastic team winning the 6 lap Paarlauf with 76.3sec. Connor also won the vertical jump with 50cm and took 3rd in the speedbounce with 51. Ethan jumped one more coming 2nd in the speedbounce with 52 jumps.  In the foam javelin Joseph Bell came 3rd with 14.75m. The three were joined by Thomas Payne to come 5th in the 4×2 relay.

Sportshall U13/15 Championships

Sportshall U13/15 Championships

On Sunday 9 of our athlete competed in the Sportshall Berkshire Championships in a combination of individual and team competitions.

Congratulations to our U15 girls who ended an intense afternoon winning team bronze medals. The 2 experienced and 2 first timers all competed both as individuals and as a team, a total of 8 events each.  As individuals Aimee Dickson and Annabel Gibson came joint 5th overall with Lottie Absolum and Gemma Moon coming 11th and 14th respectively.

In the events, the girls had a succession of top 5 performances including Aimee 1st in speedbounce (87) and 3rd in shot (7.72m). Annabel 4th in Long Jump (2.04m) and 5th in speedbounce (73). The pair joined up to come third in the 8 lap paarlauf. Aimee, Annabel, Gemma and Lottie then joined together to  come 4th in the 4×2 lap relay.

The U13 Girls and Boys all competed as individuals. In the girls Lyla Goodwin lead the way coming 11th overall. Clare McGonnell came 28th and Carly Chrisholm 45th. Clare came 3rd in the speedbounce with 75 jumps. Lyla managed 4th place in both the standing long jump (1.96m) and vertical jump (42cm).

The boys were represented by Joseph Hoaen and William Appleby both in their lower year of the U13’s managed individual placings of 17th and 18th respectively.

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Sportshall U11 Championship

Under 11 Sportshall Championship

Sunday was the Sportshall U11 Berkshire Championships. Our teams had some fantastic individual results.

In the U11 boys we had first places from Connor Jordan in the vertical jump with 53cm and second place in the triple jump from Ethan Kuijten with 5.52m. Ethan also came third in the speedbounce with 51 jumps and with Connor in the 1+1 lap (23.5sec). The team of Oli Orr, Thomas Payne, Ethan and Connor joined forces to come 4th in the 4×1 lap and an impressive 2nd in the grandprix after winning their heat by a half lap.

The U11 girls also had several top places. Bethany Maclean got first in speedbounce (54 jumps) and Indoor Javellin (13.75m), finishing her field events with a third in the vertical jump (43cm). Millie Philips came 4th in the highstepper with 14.8s. Zoe Dickson threw the javelin to 5th place with 11.5m. The girls (Leilah Gaye, Erin Gosney, Millie & Bethany) also finished the day with an impressive grandprix, winning their heat but coming second overall by 0.2s.

Sportshall League Match 2

Berkshire Sportshall League Match 2

In the second match of the Berkshire Sportshall League our best team result came from our U15 girls who managed 3rd place. They were closely followed by the U11 Boys in 4th place The U11 girls cam 5th, U13 Boys and Girls came 6th.

In the U11 Boys Connor Jordon led the way with 3 first places. The 1 lap obstacle with 18.1 sec, the 2 lap with 22.8sec and the vertical jump with 48cm. He was closely followed by Ethan Kuijten in 2nd place on the 1 lap obstacle with 18.7sec. Will McDonald gave us another 2nd place with a score of 13 in the target throw.

The U11 girls managed a 1,2,3 in the Hi Stepper. Erin Gosney won it with 13.7sec, Emeilia Lunn (in her first competition) took 2nd with 14.0sec, closely followed by Bethany Maclean in third with 14.1sec. Bethany got the team another 1st place in the 1 lap obstacle with 19.1sec, 2nd place in the vertical jump with 45cm and third in the 2 lap with 24.9sec. Erin also got 4th place in the target throw with a score of 10.

In the U13 boys our best result came from James Fenner in the StandingTriple jump with 6.16m putting him in 3rd place. James also came 5th with Ivan Chezmanov in the 1+1 lap. William Appleby also managed a 5th place in the 1 lap obstacle.

The U13 girls relay team of Annabel Maclean, Zoe Allen, Clare McGonnell and Carly Chrisholm worked incredibly well together to come 2nd in the obstacle relay. Annabel also came 2nd in the Standing Triple Jump with 6.44 and 4th in the 1 lap obstacle (18.5sec). Zoe threw the shot to 4th place with 6.75m.

Finally the U15 Girls each managed a top 3. Aimee Dickson claimed 1st in the speedbounce with 85, Annabel Gibson 2nd in the Standing Long Jump with 2.13m and Emily Tucker 3rd in the shot with 8.90m.

Sportshall League Match 1

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 lap.

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

Sportshall National Finals

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 sprint relay.

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.