GB&NI Team for European U/23 and U/20 Championships

Four WGwEL athletes have today been named by UKA in the GB&NI team to compete in the European U/23 Championships in Kaunas,  Lithuania, July 16th-19th. They are Elaine O'Neill (100m and 4x100), Tara Bird (800m), Callum Priestley (110mH) and Mark Dry (HT).

Junior Ejehu has been named in the first wave of selections for the U/20 European Championships which take place in Serbia, July 23rd-26th.

Overseas News

Racing in Uden Netherlands on Saturday, Graham Hedman ran a season's best over 400m winning in 46.12 secs to move him up to 7th on this year's UK rankings. Graham also recorded 21.31 secs (+0.2) over 200m. In Tomblaine France Joice Maduaka recorded 11.65 secs (+0.4) over 100m.

English Championships and European U/20 and U/23Trials

Mark Dry
This weekend's U/20 and U/23 National Championships, and Trials for the European U/20 and U/23 Championships saw WGwEL athletes come away with 13 medals, with many other fine performances. Those performances were led by three golds in the U/23 Championships - from Mark Dry and Tara Bird who both set new Championship Best Performances and from Elaine O'Neill. U/20 performances were led by a significant breakthrough over 100m from Eugene Ayanful.

Woodford's first gold medalist was Elaine O'Neill on Saturday. Taking advantage of unusually pleasant weather at Bedford, Elaine took the U/23 women's 100m title in a personal best of 11.59 secs (+1.4), having recorded a wind aided (+2.4) 11.53 secs in qualifying. On Sunday Elaine comfortably qualified for the 200m Final with 24.44 secs (-2.0), but decided not to contest the final. The second gold medalist was hammer thrower Mark Dry who recorded another new personal best of 69.40m, to take the title with a new CBP, and move second on this year's UK rankings behind clubmate, Andy Frost. The third gold medal went to Tara Bird, who also set a new CBP for the U/23 800m and personal best of 2m3.00 secs as she improved on her 2nd place of last year.

National Young Athletes League 4

National Young Athletes League : Southern Premier  Div: 
Norman Park Bromley : 21st June 2009

1. Blackheath & Bromley    494
2. Team Southampton    394
3. WGEL        365
4. Medway & Maidstone    272

Despite coming 3rd in this 4th round match, WGEL again picked up a healthy number of team points, which could prove to be the difference between staying up and being relegated. We currently lie in 11th place with 7 points, equal with two other clubs. The 5th and final round match is at home on 19th July. It is vital that we field  the best team we can muster. Please could all YA’s and coaches let the team managers know your availability .

On this occasion two under 15yr team members were nominated for Athlete of the Match Awards. New joiner Chloe Michaed achieved a Grade 1 time of 12.8 sec for 100m. Chloe also obtained good team points in the High Jump, Long Jump and relay. For his team effort and excellent attitude the boys award goes to Connor Ives, who competed well in the 80H, 800m and Hammer.

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