Sportshall – Kent Championships – Ashford – 11th December 2016

It was the Kent Sportshall Athletics County Championships on Sunday, which were held at the Stour Centre Ashford. Paddock Wood AC had three U11 teams entered. Team 1 achieved the ultimate goal by winning the overall competition, becoming Kent Champions and getting the Best Club award, which they won last year. Dillon Dew paired up with Jessica Penny. Dillon gained valuable points coming 2nd in the Vertical Jump with 52cm and In the Speed Bounce Dillon Jumped 52 while Jessica did 48 bounces. Joe Stone and Lucy Tallon made up the rest of the team with Lucy jumping 1.83m in the Standing Long Jump and Joe 1.82m. The pair won the trophy for the best 2-lap time. The team won the Obstacle relay, which clinched their Victory. The team won with 145 points, Folkestone 2nd with 138points and Claremont Primary School 3rd 129. In team 2 Grace Hughes and Hayden Philips did the Ball Push. Grace pushed 6m and Hayden 5.25m. Erin Clark had an excellent Vertical Jump 40cm, James Boni jumped 31cm and the team came 12th.  Team 3 was made up of some newbies to Sportshall but they still did a good job with Felix Wright throwing 5.50m in the Ball Push finishing 9th overall. His partner James Cooper jumped 1.68m in the Standing Long Jump. Amy Cooper jumped 34cm in the Vertical jump and Kiera Conrad-Pickles jumped 41 in the Speed Bounce. The team came 17th. Jacob Kemmit, who had recently joined the club, came along at the last minute and helped to complete one of the Ashford Julie Rose teams, in which he competed in the Ball Push 4.75m and the Vertical Jump 27cm. In the older age groups U13 Keira Sutherland in her first ever Sportshall had a good standing Long Jump 1.94m and she jumped 66 in the Speed Bounce. U15 Samantha Hockey won the gold medal in the 2-lap race (24.0s) and she won another medal in the Vertical Jump with 49cm. In the U13 boys, Harvey Fordham claimed Silver medals in the Standing Long Jump 2.25m and the Standing Triple Jump 6.82m and a Bronze in the 2-lap race (24.0s). Matthew Brown won an unexpected Bronze in the Shot Putt 4.41m. Alex Stone just missed out on a medal in the Speed Bounce getting 70 bounces and Alex Gray jumped 5.58m in the Standing Triple Jump. Finlay Hollyer won 4 silver medals in the Vertical Jump 52cm, the Standing Long Jump 2.27m, the Standing Triple Jump 7.18m and the Shot Putt 6.14m.

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