Athletics academy dominate

THE annual inter-area primary school athletics competition was held at Yate and saw North Somerset Athletics Academy win an unprecedented 39 from 54 medals available.

THE annual inter-area primary school athletics competition was held at Yate and saw North Somerset Athletics Academy win an unprecedented 39 from 54 medals available.

Golden girl Sophie Thomas picked up first place in the 75m (10.3), speed bounce (60), long jump (4.16m) and anchored the flyers to gold in the relay. She also took silver behind Sarah Page in the hammer with a throw of 31.64m. Sarah, along with her hammer gold of 32.18m also took a deserved silver in the ball throw with a distance of 21.50m.

Outstanding male athlete is a little harder to pick with many boys collecting two medals apiece, the honours were shared between Aidan Paul who collected silver in the 75m, speed bounce and long jump and Lewis Cheetham who collected gold in the long jump 3.96m and a silver in the closely fought 600m 1.56minutes.

The event also saw many new competing NSAA athletes. Max Werkshagen collected a silver in the ball throw and a bronze in the chest push, 7.49m, Calum Townsend collected a bronze in the 600m 1.59.6. Declan Walters gave school rival Aidan a run for his money in the 75m, claiming the bronze in 10.4. Elliott Ripley collected a gold in the chest push 9.08m, and Connor Fairclough and Liam Watson battled it out in the hammer throwing 35.88m and 35.87m to claim silver and bronze respectively. Mention also to Alex Walder who picked up a bronze in the speed bounce and to Callum Wardle a bronze in the standing triple jump with a massive jump of 5.92m.


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The girls also battled well collecting a whole host of medals between them, distance runners Ellie Parker, Chloe Buck and Anghared Flower proved they are a force to be reckoned with claiming first, second and third respectively in the 600m.

Yatton's Pippa Reilly picked up a bronze in the 75m in a new personal best of 11.10. Esther Shallcross received gold in the ball throw 22.95m and bronze in the chest push. Holly Bradley took bronze in the hammer, 31.54 to make it another 1, 2, 3 podium finish for NSAA.

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Ada'ora Chigbo and Jessie Dadds contested the standing triple jump with Ada'ora just winning gold with 5.66m to Jessie's 5.58m. The speed bounce also saw a pure NSAA podium behind Sophie was Sofie Andersen in third and Lauren Meredith in second. Lauren went on to collect a gold in the chest push and a bronze in the ball throw. Not to be outdone by sister Sofie, Cecilie Andersen jumped a new personal best in the long jump of 3.70m to also receive a bronze.

The day ended with the 4 x 100m relay, the girls' team consisting of Pippa, Chloe, Lauren and Sophie raced to victory and the North Somerset winners came third. The boys entered teams and came second and third to round off what was an excellent day.

Congratulations to all athletes who took part, but did not win medals. For those of you who are still only Year 5, you have next year to look forward to.

NSAA would like to thank the parents who gave up their time on the day to help with the events and for making the day run so smoothly, it is always greatly appreciated.

And also for helping on Sunday at the Avon League where the highlight of the day was the Under-13 girls 4 x 100m relay team who broke the 17-year record, reducing the time from 56.4 to 56.00.

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