Sportshall – Tunbridge Wells – 13th March 2016


Sunday 13th March saw the last of the Kent Sportshall competitions held at St Johns leisure Centre Tunbridge Wells. Because of the refurbishments, part of the competition was held in a tennis court and part in the Sportshall itself. Paddock Wood AC originally had 5 U/11 teams entered, but unfortunately their star jumper Harvey Fordham fractured his ankle the week before which meant his ambition to take the county U/11 Long Jump record along with the Triple jump which he already has, could not happen. A couple of no-shows meant the teams were down to 4 and Jessica Penny, in her first Sportshall, had to compete on her own although did get the chance to do one of the relays with another member of a club who turned up late. Several athletes were late due to a 4-mile traffic jam near Hadlow College for their Lambing day. The teams all did well coming up against the Kent School Champions from Claremont school who had 7 teams entered.

Hayden Velvick in team 1 scored a PB in his speed bounce with 56 bounces making him =2nd while partner Lucy Tallon jumped 52 also an excellent score for =6th. They were 2nd fastest in their 2-lap hurdle race. Joining them was Freya Kirk- Martin and Liam Simms who came in as a last minute substitute doing the Standing L/Jump 1.62m and 1.61m respectively and the Foam javelin throw both throwing 11.50m. The team finished 5th just 0.5 of a point behind Folkestone. In team 2 Alex Gray teamed up with John Janse. Alex jumped 1.66m in the St L/Jump and John 1.44, but the pair ran the fastest time in the 2 lap flat race, a whole second faster than any other team. Alex Stone threw 13.50m in the Foam javelin a PB. Chloe Exall’s best event was the Vertical Jump scoring 36cm. Team 2 came 6th. Team 3 made up of Liam O’Neil and Grace Hughes and Joe Stone and Demi Barker, came 9th. Liam did best of the Paddock Wood team throwing 13.75m in the Foam Javelin and Grace 13.50m Joe Stone and partner Demi Barker both jumped 46 in the Speed bounce. Justin Gregory was the clubs best Long jumper of the day in Team 4 jumping 1.76m, Joshua Douglas in his first Sportshall jumped 1.62m they were joined by Ollie Jury and Harvey White who has improved in every event he has done this season throwing the Foam javelin 12m and  jumping 37cm in the Vertical Jump.  The team finished in 14th place. In the U/13 girls, Kimberley Garcia came 3rd in the 2lap race (24.3s) and Poppy Jury jumped 40cm in the Vertical Jump. They joined up with Swale to make a team and won Gold Medals. U/13 Javier Sequeira in his first ever Sportshall found his best event to be the Speed Bounce where he bounced 57 times. Aiden O’Neil improved vastly on his Vertical jump improving by 7 cm on his previous attempt. U/15 Finlay Hollyer did a PB of 73 in the speed Bounce to win that event and also jumped a PB in his vertical Jump 53cm. The club now looks forward to the outdoor track season.

Sportshall – Swanley – 7th February 2016

Harvey Fordham from Paddock Wood AC broke his own county Standing Triple Jump record the previous weekend at the Swanley Sportshall meeting. Harvey was determined to get the record and is aiming to break the Standing Long Jump record at the last meeting of the season at Tunbridge Wells on the 13th March. He jumped 6.90m, 8cm more than his previous record. Harvey is in the Kent U/11 Sportshall team due to compete at Burgess Hill in the Southeast Final of Fun in Athletics. Harvey also won the Ball Push 6.75m. Team 1 were 2 short of the team that won best Club at the County Champs, but Martha Peachey and Freya Kirk–Martin joined Lucy Tallon to make up the team. Martha Peachey came 3rd in the Speed Bounce with 54 bounces with partner Lucy Tallon jumping 49. Lucy did well in the Vertical Jump with 37cm putting her in 7th place with Martha jumping 36cm. Freya jumped 4.33m in the Standing Triple jump. The team came equal 2nd winning team Silver. Team 2 consisting of Liam O’Neil, Chloe Exall, Alex Gray and Joe Stone. Alex was 6th in the Ball Push 5.50m and 8th in the Triple Jump 5.34m and Joe Stone jumped 4.98m.  In the Speed Bounce Chloe Exall produced a PB with 50 bounces. Liam O’Neil jumped 36cm in the Vertical Jump. Team 2 came 6th. In Team 3 Erin Clarke did well in the Speed Bounce with 48 bounces, Mathew Brown had a good triple Jump with 4.34m, Oliver Jury jumped 4,16m. Newcomer Harvey White in his first Sportshall competitions leapt 33cm in his Vertical jump and the team came 12th. In the U/13 girls, Poppy Jury did events she had not done before including the Shot. Despite not having the chance to practice, she did well with 3.50m and jumped 1.74 in the Standing Long Jump. Aiden O’Neil improves every time he competes. In his Speed bounce, he increased his score from 44 to 51. In the U/15 boys James O’Gorman won the Gold Medal for the best performance wining 3 out of the 5 events with his Shot of 10.06 some 3 m better than the 2nd placed competitor. Ted Peachy joined James with his best result being the Speed Bounce of 74. Both are in the County team for the regional Finals in March.

Sportshall – Stour Centre, Ashford- Kent Championships – 6th December 2015

On Sunday, Paddock Wood AC young athletes travelled to The Stour Centre Ashford for the Kent County Sportshall Athletics Championships. The club had four complete teams but because of illness could only field 3 out of 4 athletes for the fifth team. After winning last time the club’s first team had a lot stronger opposition with 29 U/11 teams taking part.

Harvey Fordham once again could not be beaten in the Standing Long Jump, jumping 2.16m; partner Holly Tapp jumped 1.82m putting the pair in 2nd position overall. However, they did win the trophies for the Overhead Ball throw with Harvey again wining with 9.75m and Holly 8.75m. The other pair in the team did the speed bounce with Dillon Dew jumping 54 bounces and Freya Kirk- Martin jumping 55. Dillon was 3rd in the Vertical jump with 50 cm, helping to keep the team up amongst the top 5. After the Hurdles race and Obstacle relay it bought the team up to 3rd to win the Bronze medals and the Cup for the Best Club in the competition. Team 4, with 2 newcomers to Sportshall, did exceptionally well coming 11th ahead of team 2 and 3. Hayden Velvick did well in the Speed Bounce with 55 bounces and came 8th out of 47 in the Standing Long Jump with 1.89m. Jamie Flinton partnered Hayden jumping 1.67m in the Standing Long Jump. Mathew Brown threw 6.50m in the Seated Overhead Ball Throw, John Janse jumped 40cm in the Vertical jump, and a good run in the flat race bought them up to 11th. Team 2 also had great individual results with Martha Peachy jumping 58 bounces in the Speed Bounce coming 4th, a PB, and Alex Stone doing 49 bounces. Joe Stone did 35cm in the Vertical Jump as did Erin Clarke and the team finished 20th. Team 3 had newcomer Joe Flinton in the Speed Bounce with 45 bounces – this was an excellent score but the winner jumped 60 bounces and the top 29 all jumped 50 or more. Ollie Jury joined him in the team in his first Sportshall jumping 43 bounces, Chloe Exall threw 4.25m in the Ball Throw and Alex Gray jumped 1.62m in the Standing Long Jump.  Team 5 unfortunately only had 3 athletes so with someone going ill overnight and someone else dropping out on the Thursday, it meant that Justin Gregory had not got a partner but this not stop his enthusiasm jumping 1.67m in the Standing Long Jump  and 43cm in the Vertical Jump. Twins Megan and Jake Frankel joined together with their best result coming in the Vertical Jump with Jake jumping 33cm and Megan 25cm. In the U/13 girls Poppy Jury won a Bronze Medal in the  Standing Long Jump 1.83m and Kimberly Garcia won a Bronze in the 4 Lap Race (55.9s) both in their first Sportshall. Mollie Dew jumped 75 bounces in the Speed Bounce and 42cm in the Vertical Jump. James O’Gorman won a Silver medal in the U/15 boys Shot Putt with 9.89m and Finlay Hollyer Jumped a PB in the Standing Triple Jump 6.44m. The only U/15 girl competing was Erin Frankel who jumped 45cm in the Vertical Jump and did 78 bounces in the Speed Bounce.


Sportshall – Folkestone – 15th November 2015

The previous weekend saw Paddock Wood AC youngster at the second Sportshall meeting of the season, which was held at Folkestone Sports Centre. After being 2nd last time by only 2 points, Paddock Wood Team 1 were determined to do better this time even though there were 19 teams to compete against – but win they did, taking the team gold medals with 5 points to spare over the second place team. Harvey Fordham, who remains unbeaten in the jumps, won the Standing Long Jump with 2.18m. His partner Holly Tapp came 3rd with 1.92, a PB. Harvey also won the foam javelin with 17.25m. Holly threw 12.75m. The other pair in the team did well, with Dillon Dew placed 2nd in the Speed bounce with 56 bounces and Lucy Tallon scoring 48.  Dillon was 5th in the vertical Jump with 45cm while Lucy jumped 40cm. Lucy is only 9years old. They won the Obstacle Relay and came 3rd overall in the Under and Over relay. Despite a slight mix up the takeover Lucy Tallon caught up to win their heat. Paddock Wood 2 did well to come 5th with Martha Peachey doing 55 bounces in the Speed Bounce and partner Alex Stone 48. Freya Kirk Martin and John Janse did the foam Javelin. John threw 11.50m and Freya 9.75m. In the Vertical jump; they both did 39cm. In the same team Alex Stone jumped 1.71m in the Long Jump with Martha jumping 1.55. Due to illness team 3 were 2 athletes down so they joined with Folkestone to make up a team. Grace Hughes jumped 1.63m in the Standing Long Jump with Mathew Brown 1.45m .In the Speed Bounce Grace did 44 bounces and Mathew 37. The mixed team came 14th.

In the U/15 girls, Sam Hockey had an excellent vertical jump with 49cm and in her Speed Bounce she achieved 78 bounces. Amy Bateman was not feeling too well so just did the Shot, Triple Jump and Vertical Jump where she did 45cm.  In the U/15 boys Finlay Hollyer jumped 6.33m in the Standing Triple Jump and 51cm in the Vertical Jump to gain 3rd place overall and claimed a gold medal in a mixed team award. The next Sportshall is the County Champs at Ashford on the 6th December.

Sportshall – Sittingbourne – 11th October 2015

Last Sunday saw the first Sportshall competition of the season , which was held at the Swallows Leisure Centre Sittingbourne. Paddock Wood Athletic club had 4 teams competing in the U/11 events and 5 individuals in the older categories. Many were competing for the first time and all did exceptionally well.

Once again Harvey Fordham excelled in the Standing Triple Jump leaping 6.74m to win overall with new member Alex Gray jumping 5.54m after only having one practise session and finishing 4th. Jamie Dickson also did well in his first Sportshall jumping 5.18m coming 7th and Alex Stone 5.14m.  Harvey also won the Ball Push with 8.50m with Holly Tapp coming 2nd with 7.25m. Freya Kirk-Martin was 9th with 6m. Dillon Dew finished 4th in the Vertical Jump with 42cm closely followed by Joe Stone and Lucy Tallon  both with 39cm., Jamie Dickson 37cm,  Liam O’Neil 35cm and John Janse 34cm. There were some good results in the Speed Bounce with Dillon Dew gaining  52 bounces, coming 2nd, with Martha Peachy getting 49 bounces as did Liam O’Neil. New to the event was Erin Clarke with 48 bounces. Chloe Exall jumped 4.79m in the Standing Triple Jump – her first time at Sportshall. Team A, which consisted of Harvey Fordham, Holly Tapp, Dillon Dew and Lucy Tallon came 2nd to win the Silver medals just 2 points behind the winners. Team B Alex Gray, Freya Kirk–Martin, Martha Peachy and Joe Stone finished 4th. Team C Liam O’Neil, Erin Clarke, Chloe Exall and Alex Stone were 5th and team D were Jamie Dickson and John Jannse who did exceedingly well in their first competitions, who were joined by 2 lads from Folkestone to finish 8th.

Mollie Dew in her first U/13 competition had a great Speed Bounce 74, and 45cm in the Vertical Jump which shows her to be a good all-rounder, just needing to get more experience in the Shot. The same went for Aiden O’Neil who got no putts in the Shot but did well in his 2-lap race (26.5s). Ted Peachy and Finlay Hollyer competed in the U15 age group, both for the first time in Sportshall. Both jumped 46cm in the Vertical Jump,  but Fin just got the better of Ted in the Standing Long Jump with Fin jumping 2.04m and Ted 2.01m. They shared the team Gold with one boy from Swale and one from Thanet. U15 Freya Dickson, also in her first Sportshall competition, did well in her 2 lap race (26.2s) and jumped 62 in the Speed Bounce.

Sportshall Swanley – 1st March 2015

Sunday 1stMarch Paddock Wood Juniors competed in the final sportshall match of the season at White Oak Leisure Center in Swanley.

PWAC Team 1 (Harvey Fordham, Freya Kirk Martin, Mollie Dew and Dillon Dew finished in 5th, they have not been out of the top 6 all season. Harvey continued to excel in the jumps, leading the county once again in the U11’s in the Standing Triple Jump in 6.20, Mollie jumped 5.18. Mollie finished 4th in the Speed Bounce with a PB of 52 bounces. In the Vertical Jump both Freya and Dillon had fine jumps of 35 and 42 respectively. Well done to PWAC 1.

PWAC Team 2 of Liam O’Neil, Isabell Guralamocca Alex Stone and Joe Stone finished in 11th position. Massive effort by Joe who played Rugby in the morning and travelled over from West Wickham to replace a team member at the last minute. Joe jumped 4.81 in the Standing Triple, In Speed Bounce brother Alex recovered from a bad ankle to complete 50 speed bounces to finish7th also a PB. Liam jumped 0.30 in the Vertical Jump and threw 10.35 in the foam javelin. Isabella Guralamocca also showed great potential in only her second sportshall moving up through the teams.

PWAC Team 3 of Aidan O’Neil, Eva Wilson, Martha Peachy, and Alistar Dow finished one place behind PWAC Team 2 in 12th. All performed really well in their respective events Demi Barker and Matthew Brown finished 14th in a combined team with Dartford Dashers. Great performances by both who worked well together.

In the older age groups, U13 Girls, Sam Hockey and Amy Batman finished strong, Sam having a great sportshall season in 5th place and Amy who started sportshall this year finishing in 14th place.

In the U15 girls Eloise Winton fought hard with a back injury to finish 4th in the overall standings.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the PWAC athletes who have taken part this winter in the Sports Hall Competitions, it has been fun to watch teams working together many of which were new to sportshall at the beginning of the season it is great preparation for the Summer season.

Also finally massive thanks to all parents who ferried all the athletes across the county these past few months to the events.

It’s been great to have you along as the support crew.

See you all next season – Janine, Lorraine and Janet

The first Sportshall of next season will hopefully be at Tunbridge Wells on Sunday 11th October .

SportsHall Sittingbourne – Sunday 25th January 2015

The previous weekend saw  teams from Paddock Wood AC at the 4th match in the Kent County Athletics Sportshall series. The match at the Swallows Leisure Centre, Sittingbourne was quite a close thing between teams with two teams  tying for first place – Bexley 1 and Julie Rose Juniors  from Ashford.

Harvey Fordham again won the Long Jump with 2.18m and together with Holly Tapp, who jumped 1.81m, topped the points chart. Molly Dew was 11th out of 44 competitors in the vertical Jump with 42cm, but was beaten by her brother Dillon  in team 2 who jumped 47cm  to finish 8th. Molly also had an excellent Speed Bounce with 58 bounces, a personal best. Martha Peachy jumped 50, so the pair finished in 6th position. Newcomer to Sportshall was Isabella Guralamocca who jumped 1.82 in the Standing Long Jump which put her in 9th place.  Martha McCarthy also jumped 50 in the Speedbounce.  Freya Kirk-Martyn jumped 1.51 in the Standing Long Jump. Alex Stone’s best event was also the Standing Long Jump where he jumped 1.70m. His brother Joe did well in the Long Jump as well with 1.50m. Another pair of brothers competing was Liam and Aiden O’Neil. Aiden was competing for the first time in sportshall. He came 25th in the ball push with 4.75m out of 45 participants. Liam came 35th with 4m. Alistair Dow jumped 43 in the Speedbounce and Eva Wilson jumped 45. This meant that all the PWAC athletes all jumped over 40 which is a really good score. Team 1 – Harvey, Holly, Molly and Martha Peachy finished 7th. Team 2 – Dillon, Martha McCarthy, Freya and Alex came 13th. Team 3 – Isabella, Eva, Alistair and Joe were 19th and Aiden and Liam teamed up with two athletes from Folkestone and came 21st.

In the older age group the club had 3 U/13 girls competing. Sam Hockey, who has been picked to compete for Kent in the regional finals in February, jumped 5.88m in the Standing Triple Jump and did 78 bounces in the Speed Bounce. Amy Bateman, another new comer to Sportshall, also did well in the Speed Bounce with 73, as did Caitlin Dow who jumped a PB of 69 bounces. U/15 Eloise Winton threw a PB in her Shot Putt 6.69m and got  another PB in her Triple Jump 5.38m.

SportsHall Ashford – Sunday 7th December 2014

Four U/11 teams from Paddock Wood AC competed in the Kent County Sportshall Championships held at the Stour Centre, Ashford on Sunday. There were 33 teams competing from all over Kent. In Team 1 Harvey Fordham was paired up with Holly Tapp. Their first event was the Standing Long Jump which Harvey won with a Jump of 2.05m and Holly came 12th with 1.78m this was out of 61 competitors. Their other field event was the Overhead Ball Throw where Harvey came 5th 7.50m and Holly 11th 6.78m. The other two members of the team were Mollie and Dillon Dew. Mollie had an excellent Speed Bounce finishing 5th with 54 bounces, Dillon jumped 46. Dillon beat his sister in the Vertical Jump, coming 11th with 43cm and Molly 42 to come 13th. All team members did an Under & Over Relay and either a flat race or hurdles. The team fished 5th.

Team 2 consisted of Freya Kirk-Martin and Joe Stone and Elaya Eldridge and Alex Stone. Freya’s best event was her Vertical Jump 0.34cm and Joe’s was the Overhead Ball Throw 5m. Alex did well in the Standing Long Jump 1.56m whilst Elaya proved strong in the Speed bounce 46 bounces. The team came 19th.

Team 3 was made up of Martha Peachy paired with Rhys Mitchell, who was at a sportshall competition for the very first time. He did extremely well in the Speed Bounce with 47. Martha came 13th with 53 bounces. Mathew Brown threw 5.25m in the ball throw whilst Liam O’Neil threw 5m. The team finished 27th.

Our youngest team which consisted of two new comers and two more experienced athletes came 32nd. Alasdair Dow did exceedingly well in the Standing Long Jump coming 29th out of 61 with a jump of 1.62m. Demi Barker did 38 bounces in the Speed Bounce, an event which she has only practised a few times. Eddie Kirk –Martin was only going to come and watch then decided to have a go himself. Having missed the practices they had at training, he did well taking part in the vertical Jump and the ball throw. Eva Wilson did well in the Vertical jump with 34cm. The team finished 32nd .

In the older age group U/17 Mia Morgan won 2 gold medals. She won the Vertical Jump with 46cm and the Standing Long Jump 1.66m. She won a Silver medal in the Speed Bounce with 68 Bounces. U/15 James O’Gorman claimed a Bronze medal in the Shot Putt 9.34m and just missed out on a medal in the vertical jump by 2 cm. Samantha Hockey was unlucky not to get a medal in the events she covered. She did an excellent 78 in her Speed Bounce and 2.00m in the Standing Long Jump.  She won her 4 lap heat and just missed on the third place in the overall results. Eloise Winton competed in the U/15 girls. She jumped 5.14m in the Standing Triple Jump and putt the Shot  6.41 a PB.

SportsHall Folkestone – Sunday 9th November 2014

On Sunday PWAC had 14 Juniors out in action in Folkestone, there were 5 first timers to the teams who had never competed in Sportshall. The U11’s highest finish was PWAC Team 1 (Mollie Dew, Harvey Fordham, Freya-Kirk-Martin & Alex Stone) finishing a fantastic 4th Place. The PWAC Team 2 (Dillion Dew, Liam O Neil, Elaya Eldridge, Ben Barnett) finished  13th and PWAC Team 3 (Matthew Brown, Joe Stone, Lucy Tallon, Kiera Barnett)  finished 22nd, all in the team were relatively new to Sports Hall. Some fine individual performances include a new U11 record set by Harvey Fordham in the Standing Triple Jump of 6.82. Mollie and Elya also did well with jumps of 5.05 and 4.69 respectively. In the Vertical Jump Dillion was the top PWAC jumping 0.40 and Freya and Lucy were not far behind jumping 0.37 and 0.36 respectively. First Timers Kiera and Liam O Neil impressed with 0.27 and 0.20. Alex was the leading PWAC in Ball Push in 6.00 and in speed bounce Mollie and Ben Barnett were top scorers.

In the U13 Girls competing in all the events. Sam Hockey finished in 6th place with a high finish in the speed bounce, and Elizabeth Walkling who was also another first timer finished a creditable 28th having her best performance in the vertical jump.

Special thanks to all the teams and parents who made the hour trek to Folkestone.

The next Sports Hall is The Kent Championships in Ashford on Sunday 7th December

Pictures below (Missing from Team picture is Elizabeth, Ben & Kiera, Lucy)

Sportshall at Swanley – Sunday 2nd March 2014

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Paddock Wood A.C sent Five and a half U/11 teams on Sunday 2nd March to the last Sportshall of the season at Swanley. It was great to get so many out to compete 24 athletes in all.

Star of the day was Samantha Hockey in the U/13 girls 4 lap race. Sam ran the fastest heat beating all the other U/13 girls, Sam also putt a PB in the Shot Putt of 5.10m. She finished 4th overall in the 5 events just 4 points behind 3rd place and 9 points behind 2nd. Erin Frankel’s best event was the Speedbounce where she scored 72 bounces coming 3rd in the event. She came 8th overall. U/15 Mia Morgan came 3rd in her competition with her best event the Vertical jump where she scored 44 cm. Samantha and Erin joined Folkestone to make a team and won medals for the top team. Mia joined Swanley A.C to make up a team which also won medals.

In the U/11 competition in team 1 Oliver Smith teamed up with Harvey Fordham. Harvey came 5th in the Standing Triple with 5.50m with Oliver jumping 5.20m coming 10th. They also did the Foam Javelin with Oliver throwing 12.25m and Harvey 12.00m. They were joined in team 1 by Alfie Morgan and Catlin Dow. Alfie finished 3rd in the Vertical Jump with 44cm. Catlin scored 45 bounce in the Speedbounce. The team finished 5th. Team 4 also finished 5th with help from Nick Frankel in his first Sportshall competition jumping 50 bounces, his partner was Joseph Shepheard who jumped 4.50m in the Standing Triple Jump. Dillon Dew in his first competition for the club came equal 7th in the Vertical Jump with 39cm. He had a good throw in the Soft javelin with 11.50m. Liam Sim threw 8m in the Foam javelin and jumped 36cm in the Vertical Jump. Team 3 came 9th overall. Isabelle Cole also jumped 36cm in the Vertical Jump, her Speedbounce score of 49 bounces earned her 12th place. She was partnered by Zara Evans who jumped 38cm in the Vertical Jump and 44 bounces in the Speedbounce. Connor Kent‘s jump in the Triple Jump scored 4.75m and Hannah Tilson jumped 3.74m.Team 2 were just 4 points behind Team 3. Holly Tapp scored 44 bounces in the Speedbounce and jumped 4.62m in the Triple Jump. Alex Stone jumped 48 bounces in his Speedbounce and scored 4.18m in the Triple Jump. Harvey Kent threw the Foam Javelin 10m, Freya Kirk-Martin threw 7.50m in the Foam Javelin. Team 5 came 15th. Martha Peachy had a great Speedbounce getting 50 bounces which put her in 9th place. Alistair Dow jumped 4m in the triple Jump, Abi Hodgson jumped 4.41m. Eva Wilson made 39 bounces in the Speedbounce and 29cm in the Vertical Jump. Harry Edwards joined an Ashford team and jumped 47 bounces in the Speedbounce and achieved 4.02m in the triple Jump.

Janet Duffin