Waveney Valley youngsters in the thick of the county action

Waveney's athletes who were in action for the Suffolk county squad. Picture: James Gooch.

Waveney's athletes who were in action for the Suffolk county squad. Picture: James Gooch. - Credit: Archant

Athletes from Waveney Valley AC were recently in county action representing Suffolk in the Eastern Regional Sportshall Championships which took place at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield.

Waveney’s athletes in the burgundy shirts of Suffolk were up against leading athletes and extremely tough competition from Norfolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

The under 11 athletes competed in a more relay/team based competition whereas the U13 and U15 athletes competed in traditional individual events.

Representing the U11 boys from Waveney were William Butcher, Seth Frankland, Jude Benson-Smith, Thomas Supple and Liam Bridges.

Suffolk’s best performer on the day was Waveney’s Frankland who managed fourth place from 20 in the speedbounce with 52 bounces in 20 seconds. Suffolk’s U11 girls team were fourth from the seven county teams in action, with Waveney’s contributions from Agatha Gouldby, Ella Newman, D’Arcie Ives and Io Van-Haren. Waveney’s best contribution was from Io in the chest push with a best of 6.25m.

In the U13s, the boys managed a creditable third with an individual win, along with several second and third places. Joel Burgess, Finn Howes, Benjamin Cone, Michael Van-Haren and Vaughan Beckham from Waveney were in action. Burgess claimed a triple jump victory with a leap of 6.48m with Beckham taking second in the speedbounce with 82 jumps in 30s, and Michael Van-Haren a further second in the shot with 10.42m.

The girls team were fourth, with five Waveney girls in action, Abeni Beckham, Kiera Kane, Shamara Hammonds, Oakley Arnould and Amber English. Abeni finished the indoor season unbeaten in the triple jump with a further victory with a jump of 6.96m. Kiera took another speedbounce second for Suffolk with 81 jumps.

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With the Sportshall season now finished, and just two cross-country fixtures left, focus for Waveney now turns firmly to training for the outdoor season. Contact Kaly on 07941 423244 to train with Waveney Valley AC.