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.