Archive for the ‘disability’ Category

Fourth for Candy

August 4th, 2011 by News Desk

ASHFORD AC’s veteran Candy Hawkins just missed a medal at the European Deaf Athletics Championships in Turkey taking fourth in the 5000m.
She recorded a slow time of 20 minutes 48 seconds in a field of eight athletes and only six finished due to the high humidity and altitude problems.
Candy is back to normal training and hoping to go to the World Championships next year in Canada and may go for longer distance or marathon.
“I’ll have to wait and see how training is going and have a chat with my coach,” she said.
She also thanked all those people who supported funding the trip and competitions.

Alligators growing

February 8th, 2011 by News Desk

ASHFORD Athletic Club has used recent funding to provide new sports equipment for athletes who are members of the Ashford Alligators Athletics group, which provides coaching and competition for disabled youngsters.
Funding has also be secured for coach development activities to help raise awareness and understanding of working with athletes with disabilities/special needs such as attending specific courses and conferences.
“The club has had several success stories with disabled athletes particularly Candy Hawkins, Vicky Silk and Paralympics Medallist Jonathan Ward who attended four Paralympics games,” said Alligators coach Peter Le Rossignol. “This new equipment and funding for coach development will really help us support the next generation of potential Paralympians.”
Ashford Athletic Club is currently the only Kent athletics club with a specialised disability section. The Alligators is open to any young person with a disability aged 9 to 17 years old.
The club offers a fun introduction to sport with a focus on athletes but will include other sports All activities are led by highly experienced and qualified club coaches and offer close supervision to those attending (numbers are limited to 15 participants per session and must be booked in advance.
The Alligators are run Bi-weekly during school terms at the Julie Rose Stadium from 5.30-6.30pm. (All participants must be accompanies by a parent or carer). This facility holds an ‘Inclusive Fitness Initiative Facility’ certificate and has indoor and outdoor facilities which are fully accessible.
If you would like to know more information or would like to try the Alligators please contact Pete Le Rossignol on 07838 122 568 or

Stunning world best for Vicky

September 11th, 2010 by News Desk

Vicky Silk celebrates gold

ASHFORD AC can boast their first junior world record holder after an outstanding spell of results from Folkestone’s Vicky Silk.
The talented young athlete has had a busy summer with four meetings at Hemel Hempstead, Crystal Palace, Czech Republic and Berlin.
The highlight came in the Czech Republic in the IWAS World Junior Games when she produced a stunning final throw in the javelin to claim the title.
Despite really hot conditions she powered to 20.63m on her last throw claiming a new European record and an Under 20 world junior record.
Competing in a mixed class against competitors from around the world she had already thrown 19 metres consistently but produced a an extra effort to secure the gold.
The day after was the shot and she was quite nervous not having done much training recently in the event. The weather was even hotter and in a nother mixed class they were against their own world records.
Remarkably she threw over her personal best of 6.20m by 3cm then it kept going up into the 6.30′s and on her fifth throw secured another best of 6.45cm to claim the bronze medal.
The rain came in for the following day’s discus competition but she still managed to still get an 18.40m throw in for the silver medal.
Vicky and the rest of the Welsh team drove on to Berlin to finish off the season and again it was wet in the discus.
However, she threw better than she had in Czech, with a throw of 18.83 and a silver medal…very close to her personal best of 18.88m. The weather cleared up a little bit in the afternoon for the shot and her fifth throw gave her another personal best of 6.51m and another silver medal.
Said Vicky: “I was very pleased with this new persoanl best and proved to myself that my throws in Czech were not a fluke.”
Earlier in the UK she competed in the McCain Jumps and Throws Fest at Hemel Hempstead.
It was an able bodied competition but allowed para athletes to take part. She recorded 18.29m in the discus and 5.84m in the shot.
The weekend after was the UKA Disability Athletics Challenge and there was only discus for her class in the event. It was a combined class of dwarf athletes, cerbal palsy and visually impaired.
Overall she claimed the silver medal with a distance of 18.71, close to her best of 18.88m.
It was a period of extra joy for Vicky as while she on the continent she also heard she had passed her A Levels to confirm her place at university.