A group of young and inexperienced junior athletes mixed with more experienced older athletes travelled to Portsmouth on Saturday morning for the first YDL LAG match of the season.
There were several new athletes competing in the YDL league for the first time, including Amy Lee Van der Westhuizen, Emma Fisher, Christopher Vaughan, Luca Soave, Josh and Finn Punton, Tyler Panton, George Sudderick, Lani Caldwell, Ollie Emment, Charlotte Maxwell, Ben Palmer and Sam Davidson, all of whom showed great maturity and determination throughout the day. A special mention goes to another new athlete competing for the first time, William Clarke, who sadly injured himself in the 75m hurdles but showed great team spirit by remaining to support the team to the end. We wish William a speedy recovery and hope to see him back at the track soon.
There were many SBs, numerous PBs and outstanding performances during the match. For example, Jacob Gelona in the U13B 75mH B race; George Sudderick and Tyler Panton in the U15B sprints; Georgia Russell and Eva West in the U15G HT and Luca Soave and Josh Cowie in the U15B HT. Male Athlete of the Match, however, goes to Evan Lee who set new PBs to win both the HJ and 100m B race and the Female Athlete of the Match goes to Emma Fisher for PBs in the 75m and 150m coming 1st and 2nd respectively.
Thank you to the officials, without whom we wouldn’t be able to compete and to Andrew for giving up his weekend to coach and Team Manage! Thank you too, to Lorraine, Linda and Tracy for helping in my absence and to all the parents who supported and got the athletes to the right place at the right time with the right number on!
Congratulations to all the athletes who competed and got the team off to a good start. The official results should be out soon on the YDL and Power of 10 websites. We are now looking forward to improving on this great start at the next match on 20th May in Bournemouth.
Kathryn Paul, YDL LAG Team Manager