As we start to get used to how we can better display our news items on this website, here is a small roundup of some of the things that have happened over the last couple of months. We will try and get better at doing this more regularly!
NATIONAL INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – Congratulations to Luke Ball who won the high jump ?GOLD?medal. A fantastic jump of 1.83m, now places him at the top of the UK rankings in U15 HJ. Also to Fiona Barkley who competed in the U17W high jump and finished in joint fourth place, just missing out on a podium finish! There were 20 athletes taking part, and Fiona is in her first year in this age group so this is a fantastic achievement!
MIDLAND INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – Three Yate High Jumpers were in action and all three won?GOLD?medals in their age group! Fiona Barkley (U17) with 1.60m, Luke Ball (U15) with 1.80m and Adam Brooks (U23) with 2.00m
WELSH INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – David Thomas (U23) won the Bronze medal with 1.78m
MASTERS – Karen Jones competed in the British Masters Indoor (& Outdoor Throws) Championships.
She won the?GOLD?medal in the V55 hammer and a silver medal in the Weight Throw.
POLE VAULT – Huge well done to all the pole vaulters, who, at the “Vault Cardiff” Open Meeting, accrued seven PB’s and two Club Records! The athletes even got to meet Britain’s own Holly Bradshaw!!
Arissa U13 1.93 PB + CLUB RECORD – finished 3rd
Amy U13 1.63 PB – finished 4th
Sophie U15 1.63 PB
Grace U15 2.03 PB
Adam U15 2.43 PB – finished 1st
Lewis U17 2.13 PB – finished 2nd
Liam U17 3.33 PB + CLUB RECORD – finished 2nd
Hannah U17 2.33
Meg U17 2.13
Alex U15 2.03
CROSS COUNTRY – Congratulations to Dalis, Seamus, Abdi and Rosie who are this year’s champions in their age groups in the Gwent Cross Country League!!This, as well as the team winners, was decided at the final race of the season at Blaise Castle, where Yate AC runners helped Westbury Harriers put in an excellent performance!The Girls u13s race was all about the battle for 3rd spot between local rivals Westbury & North Somerset. Westbury had a full strength squad of 15 girls on the start line. With Laura Chance 4th, Evie Turner 5th and Clemmie Lee 7th, Westbury clinched the 3rd spot.
Dalis Jones secured her 3rd Gwent League title in as many years when she finished 5th, and with Amelia Honor 7th, Kate Howard 8th (overall runner up), the u15 Westbury girls finished the season in runners up spot behind Cardiff Archers.
Rosie Hamilton-James clinched her first Gwent League title with her 4th consecutive victory in the u17s race, followed home by team mates Lottie Livesey 7th, Rhiannon Paton 10th and Emily Whitaker 11th. The Westbury girls were comfortable league winners over Cardiff.
On the boys side both Charlie Savage-Swaine & Akira Bees made their league debuts for Westbury and finished a very impressive 6th & 14th from a field of 71 starters, with George Peacock 13th.
Seamus Robinson led the u15 boys team to victory and also became overall champion with a fine 1st place at Blaise. Ceredig Jones 19th, Alexander Wilson 24th, Artie Savage-Swaine 31st, Christopher Page 42nd.
In a tight team battle for the medals in the u17s, Westbury finished runners up, with Abdi Hasan overall champion with victory at Blaise, and with James Harrod 6th, Greg Hayward 7th and Josh Morland 21st, they managed to hold off local rivals North Somerset.
Congratulations to Matt Lewis who has passed his Assistant Coach course!
Matt has been mentored by our long jump coach Mike Smerdon and had to attend a weekend training course, complete some online modules and practical assesssments.
Well done Matt – thank you for getting involved!
If anybody else would like the opportunity to get involved with the extremely fulfilling role of coaching, please get in touch with Jeremy, or our Coaching Coordinator, Matt Spicer
We are pleased to introduce you to the 2019-2020 Yate and District Athletic Club committee members, who were elected at the AGM: