Sportshall triumphs

February 17th, 2013 by News Desk

YOUNG Ashford athletes had an outstanding day for Kent in the South East Regional sportshall championships at Burgess Hill
The 17 Ashford athletes earned their place after fine performances at the Kent championships making up the highest number in the Kent squad and competed against six other counties in the a tremendous competition.
Under 13s Alexandra Prickett and Jaimee-Ann Heyes both won gold in the speed bounce while U15 Rhiannon Wallwork won two medals including a bronze for third in the overall competition and a silver in the standing long jump, which was a terrific achievement.
Rhiannon also just missed out on a medal in her 4 lap race finishing fourth.
Charlotte Tappenden was another medal winner in the U15 girls with an excellent silver in the speed bounce with 87 bounces. Hannah Owen was the sixth member of the team, her best event the Speed bounce where she finished 11th with 78 bounces. Pippi Randell ran a strong race in the 8 lap Paarlauf with Rhiannon but unfortunately they could only finish third.
George Maher won U13 silver in the standing triple jump, CharlotteTappenden U15 silver in the speedbounce and Alex Lynch won a fine U15 silver in the shot with a putt of 10.03m while an unlucky Ben Isaac just missed a medal with fourth in the standing triple jump with 8.01m.
Cameron Amedee’s best result came in the same event where he finished 6th with 7.58m. Kyle Denning also in the standing triple jump finished in 10th place with 7.20m.
Marcus Epps (Sittingbourne Community College) teamed up with Lynch for the 8 Lap Paarlauf to finish 5th.
The team came fourth on the day behind very strong teams from Surrey, Hampshire and Sussex. In the all-rounder competition Camron Lyttle came 9th, Ben Isaac 13th, Cameron Amedee 15th, Alex Lynch 20th, Kyle Denning 33rd, Robert Latchford 37th.
The U13 boys finished fifth in their competition winning four medals led by George Maher‘s silver medal in the standing triple jump with 7.02m and he finished seventh in the 2 Lap race after qualifying for the final.
Kian Crawford came sixth in the speed bounce with 75. Harry Pitman made the final of the 4 Lap race and came seventh and just missed out on a medal in the vertical jump coming fourth with 55 cm just 1cm behind the bronze medal winner.
An injury in the high jump forced the cancellation of the event so Jake Timmins missed out on the chance of a medal. Mathew Cranfield and Ellis Bennett made up the rest of the team.
In the U13 girls Emilia Isaac was sixth in the shot with 8.37m. Faith Etokowo covered the high jump while Faith Cox helped the team to sixth overall.
The U15 girls team finished second overall by only a couple of points, just missing out on a chance to represent the South East region in the national finals in Birmingham next month.
Although they did not qualify for the National Finals on the day there is still a good chance that they can claim runners up place on April 7 at the NEC but will have to wait until after the Northern Final on March 9 to find out.
The U15 boys finished fourth, U13 girls sixth and U13 boys fourth.
Team managers Fiona Sime and Tina Tappenden said it was a fantastic achievement by all the athletes, and that all at AAC should be very proud of them for all their hard work, commitment and achievements.
Anyone interested in joining AAC for an opportunity to participate in similar exciting competitions should either contact kate.aac@btinternet.com or come along to a training night on Tuesdays or Thursdays (1730-2000).

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