Avon Schools capture UK title
PUBLISHED: 12:24 24 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:24 24 April 2018
Avon Schools Under-13 boy’s team captured the UK sports hall title at Manchester’s Sport City.
Avon School’s young athletes performed with great distinction at the United Kingdom Sports Hall finals at Manchester’s Sport City.
The Under-13 boy’ team took the UK title from Surrey and Berkshire, while the following day, the Under-15 boy’s team produced a best-ever third place.
The event on Saturday started with a wonderful effort from the obstacle relay team who took a surprise but welcome gold in the first event. Team members from North Somerset were Kanye Christie (St Katherines) and Ryan Baldwin (Gordano) were joined by Joe Meredith (Wellsway) and Tom Hobbs (Writhlington).
Charlie Thornton (Nailsea) who had come fourth in the South West six-lap ran the race of his young life to storm through in heat one to take a wonderful silver medal in 1.09.4. Mention must also be made of Ryan Baldwin (Gordano) who stepped into the six-lap at short notice.
The paarlauf team of Charlie Thornton and Stan Irving (Churchill) won their heat of the race by a mile, but lost out to a faster heat and finished fourth. Stan also finished a brilliant sixth of 22 in the four-lap in 44.5.
Elijah Banguera’s (SMRT) long jump of 2.55m would have won him silver last year, but this year was good enough for fourth place. Fourth place was also the finishing position of the 4x1 lap relay where Zac Bird, Kanye Christie, Tom Hobbs and Zakoor Khan missed out in a thrilling three-way dip for the line.
Team captain Dylan Perera (RGS) waited nervously on the podium with all the other captains before it was declared that Avon had won by 45 points from Surrey.
This talented team had practised together the week before at Whitehall and the team spirit shone through. A wonderful, noisy and enthusiastic band of parents and supporters cheered the team on all day.
Locally-based team managers Dave Turner and Susan Jones were “over the moon” and full of praise for each member of the team who had raised their game at just the right time.
In the Under-15s the following day, North Somerset Athletic Club member Lewis Hembrow McKinley took a fantastic silver medal in the overall individual competition out of 55 competitors.
Ashya Gray (St Katherines) took gold in the team long jump with 2.93m, an immense leap. Brothers Solomon and Samuel Akinyemi (SMRT), Christian Albon (St Bedes), Steven Kerfoot all contributed to an excellent third team place, the team’s highest ever finish.