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

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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

            Points
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.

Sam Watts selected for World Youths

Sprinter Sam Watts is the first of several aspiring WGwEL athletes to hear that he has been selected to represent GB&NI in a major championship this summer. The 17 year old, coached by Gladys Bird, will compete over 200m in the World Youth Championships in Bressanone, Italy, July 8th-12th.

International honours beckon for YAs

International honours are on the horizon for 4 of our young middle distance athletes. They have been either selected or become eligible for international duty in the coming weeks.

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Becky Hewitt
Becky Hewitt has been selected to represent Great Britain at the European Youth Triathlon relays near Venice, Italy on Sunday 20th June. She is part of a team of 3, each of whom will  swim, cycle and run their leg before handing over to the next team mate.

Paul Scanlan has been selected to run the 400m for the Irish team at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Tampere, Finland between Monday July 20th and Friday July 24th. The competition is a multi sport event with 14 Athletes selected by Ireland for the athletics events.

Georgie-Lou Sales will represent Britain in the World Schools Biathalon Championships in August.  She was selected after winning the National Championships (for the last two years) and will compete over a 100m swim and then a 1000m run. These Championships will take place alongside the World Modern Pentathalon Championships at Crystal Palace.

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Ronnie Sparke and Alex Cornwell
And Ronnie Sparke has the prospect of running for the GB U20 squad at the European Junior Championships in Serbia in July. His time of 14m 25s for 5000m at Watford last week was inside the qualifying time of 14:30 (and also broke Colin Moxom’s club record set way back in 1966!). He now has to perform well at the forthcoming trials to be assured of selection.

 

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