Boys and girls ex­cel at fes­ti­val

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The Kent un­der-11 Sportshall boys and girls’ teams were both crowned cham­pi­ons in the Fun in Ath­let­ics South East Re­gional Fes­ti­val at Burgess Hill in West Sus­sex.

The girls fin­ished 18 points ahead of run­ners-up Buck­ing­hamshire and 36 points clear of third placed Berk­shire.

They recorded six over­all event wins – in the ob­sta­cle re­lay, over and un­der re­lay, high step­per, speed bounce, stand­ing triple jump and ver­ti­cal jump.

Grace Pit­man and Yas­min Sadler Reeves won the in­di­vid­ual bal­ance test and Kizzy Gape in the stand­ing triple jump.

The boys had a 22-point win­ning mar­gin over Berk­shire who fin­ished a point ahead of Sur­rey.

They col­lected eight over­all team vic­to­ries – in the ob­sta­cle re­lay, hur­dles re­lay, grand prix, high step­per, bal­ance test, speed bounce, stand­ing triple jump and tar­get throw.

Five ath­letes young­sters won in­di­vid­ual events – Max Mer­rien in the speed bounce, Louis Hillier and Toby Yemm in the bal­ance test, As­ton Fred­er­icks (stand­ing long jump) and Tom Wills (tar­get throw).

The Kent teams won se­lec­tion fol­low­ing their per­for­mances in the Sportshall Ath­let­ics De­cathlon and the KCAA Sportshall Cham­pi­onships at the Stour Cen­tre last month.

Ash­ford Leisure Trust com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment man­ager and Kent team man­ager Peter Le Ros­sig­nol said: “It was a fan­tas­tic re­sult for the county.

“The 28 young ath­letes worked so hard for the team and the re­sults re­flect this. The ath­letes have shown they are among the best in the UK.”

Ash­ford AC Jade Cur­tis won the un­der-13 high jump at an open event at Lee Val­ley. The Spring Grove pupil clinched vic­tory with a win­ning leap of 1.35m

Max Nicholls has qual­i­fied for the Eng­land Schools CrossCoun­try Cham­pi­onships at Cas­tle Don­ing­ton in March, af­ter fin­ish­ing run­ner-up in the se­nior boys’ race at the Kent Cham­pi­onships at Wilm­ing­ton on Satur­day.

The Ash­ford School pupil who lives at Ivy­church and runs for Ton­bridge AC, heads for Le­ices­ter­shire, hop­ing to go one bet­ter than last year when he won the sil­ver medal.

Another Ash­ford young­ster, Jamie Car­ley, also qual­ifed with a third-place fin­ish in the in­ter­me­di­ate boys’ race.

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