Young Persons Representative
I would like to introduce myself as the “Young Person’s Representative” (YPR) at PWAC. This role is relevant to all the young club members (under circa 20), their parents/guardians and anyone else with an interest in the youth of the club.
The YPR post is primarily to give a voice to all issues and suggestions that are relevant and important to the young club members. Things you may want to contact me about may include: your thoughts on training, suggestions you think would improve the club, any other issues and how to become an Olympic Champion.
Although PWAC has been going for 25 years, the young people are the future of the club. As such it would be great to know what you think.
Finally, to quote a runner whose life was tragically cut short aged just 24: “A lot of people run a race to see who’s the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts” Steve Prefontaine. Not sure of the relevance of the quote, except, if you haven’t heard of Steve Prefontaine then you are probably the right age to be giving us your thoughts and ideas…
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Danson Park, a fast and relatively flat course and with Zephryus the God of weather looking favourably on us, made this a good day for Cross Country.
Jess Rayner representing Paddock Wood in the U13 Girls 3k race placed 32nd with a time of 12:36. Joe Stone, Liam O’Niel and Thomas Harker ran in the U13 Boys 3k race gained another team point for Paddock Wood. Joe Placed 55th in 11:54, closely followed by Liam 59th in 12:01 and Thomas finishing 77th in 14:37.
Lauren Harker ran in the U15 Girls 4k race coming 34th in 16:17 and as there was no Senior Men Harry Young took part in the U20 Men 5k coming 16th in 17:05.
Overall positions after 3 matches.
Dear parents and athletes,
It’s time to put some dates in the diary for all the juniors in the club who are old enough to join our league teams. If your child will be 11 before 1st September 2017 they are eligible to compete in our summer leagues.
For those not quite old enough yet there will be open competitions available to get some performances on the board, we will also be organising some more run, jump, throw mornings at our track, but dates for these competitions will be available in the next few months.
Everyone has been working hard and it’ll be time test out all that training they’ve been doing so for U13’s and U15’s we compete in the Kent Young Athletes League (KYAL), this year the dates are:
Match 1 – Sunday 7th May – Norman Park, Bromley
Match 2 – Sunday 4th June – Dartford
Match 3 – Sunday 2nd July – Ashford
Match 4 – Sunday 6th August – Medway Park
The team manager for this league is Jane Dew
For U17’s and U20’s you can compete in two leagues:
The Youth Development League (YDL)
Match 1 – Sunday 30th April – Medway Park
Match 2 – Sunday 28th May – Mile End
Match 3 – Sunday 25th June – Walthamstow
Match 4 – Sunday 23rd July – Parliament Hill
The team manager for this league is Mick Duffin
Southern Athletics League (SAL) (U17, U20 & Senior)
Match 1- Saturday 15th April –Carshalton (Double Match)
Match 2 – SUNDAY 21st May – Sutcliffe Park (Double Match)
Match 3 – Saturday 17th June – Wimbledon (Double Match)
Match 4 – Saturday 8th July – Lewes (Single Match)
Match 5 – Saturday 19th August – Hastings (Double Match)
The managers for this league are Liz Duffin and Kate Maryon, there is currently a vacancy for a men’s team manager for this league.
All the team managers will be in contact shortly to check availability, preferred events etc, and we will have details of open meetings where you can practice before the league dates. All these leagues are fun and friendly, and a great experience to go to, but you must be a club member, registered athlete and have paid your competition fee to represent the club. For all juniors your club vest is free, just return it when it is too small!
We look forward to seeing you at these matches in the summer, when the weather should be a little bit warmer, fingers crossed.
Liz Duffin and all the junior coaches at PWAC.
It was a busy weekend for our PWAC youngsters braving the cold and muddy conditions in both the Kent Cross Country Championships for the U13 and overs and The Kent Fitness League for the U11 youngsters.
Braving the dense fog and frost at the Kent Cross Country Championships at Brands hatch on Saturday 7th January, saw Katie Smith (pictured with Brother Harry) finish 57th in the U13G race. Brother Harry followed in the U13 Boys race finishing a fine 82nd. In the U15 Boys Spencer Elphick (pictured) finished a fine 43rd. Finally in the U17 Boys Charles George and Aaron Rowland finished within seconds of each other in 30th and 38th place respectively. Unfortunately Alex Stone and Lauren Harker were both unwell for Saturdays race but have both played a big part in representing PWAC at the Kent XC League across the winter!
It is duly noted that all the above youngsters have competed for the Club throughout this XC Season, competing against youngsters from some of the top Athletic Clubs in the County. They should be proud of themselves mixing it with the best. I am sure that come next season, a year older and the experience they have all gained this season will set them up for next XC season very well. Well done to all.
It’s been fantastic to see all our youngsters excelling over the winter months! There is still a few fixtures left for U11’s 2nd Feb Fitness League Blean Woods, Rough Common Canterbury and 19th Feb at Fowlmead Deal. There is also Junior 1 Mile Race this Sunday 15th Jan
Good luck to all those taking part in the final few fixtures!
Young athletes wishing to compete in the 2016/17 Kent XC league should complete the attached document and return it to either Janine Brown or Jan Duffin as soon as possible.
The results for the inaugural run, jump and throw event are in the document below.
Please see the letter below for details and the availability form for the 2016 Kent Young Athletes’ League.
Please see the letter below about the changes to the Youth Development League for the forthcoming season.
U/13 boy Toby Emm who runs for Judd School as well as Paddock Wood AC competed in the Regional Final of the English Schools Cup. He finished fifth and the Judd team came first overall. This meant they got through to the final, which was in Newquay on the 29th November.
On the 29th November Toby was in the winning Judd team at the English Schools National Final in Newquay. He came 32nd, (4th for the team) in a field of 133 finishers.
On Saturday Toby is representing Kent at an inter-counties X/Country meeting at Horspath, Oxford. Maria Heslop is also competing for the senior ladies team.
The Club’s child protection offices and their contact details are:-
Lorraine Shepheard firstname.lastname@example.org. uk
Mobile – 07783 670415
Landline – 01634 245150
Julian Seal email@example.com
Mobile – 07749 029017
Landline – 01622 672395