Tal­ented young ath­letes com­pete at sports day

The Oban Times - - Sport -

THE WEATHER was far from ideal on Sun­day June 26 for the an­nual sports day pro­moted by Mid Ar­gyll Ath­letic Club.

Held at Lochgilp­head Joint Cam­pus, the com­pe­ti­tion was spon­sored by a Third Sec­tor grant from Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil and, de­spite the pre­dicted rain, still at­tracted tal­ented young ath­letes from Oban, Mull, Kin­tyre as well a good en­try from the lo­cal area.

After four hours of com­pe­ti­tion, Mid Ar­gyll ath­letes were most suc­cess­ful, win­ning six out of the 11 age cat­e­gories, with Kin­tyre win­ning three ti­tles and the Oban area two.

Ar­guably the top per­for­mances of the day were in a com­pet­i­tive girls un­der 13 age group where Poppy MacKil­lop from Oban and Jilly Le­feb­vre from Kilmichael Glas­sary ex­celled and fin­ished equal on points.

Jilly won the long and high jumps, clear­ing an im­pres­sive 1.40m in the lat­ter, and went on to win the shot putt and 400 me­tres.

Poppy dom­i­nated in the 60 me­tres and 200m win­ning in fast times and fin­ished sec­ond to Jilly in the jumps and 400m.

In the same age group Eilidh Cameron from In­ver­aray won the 800m in three min­utes five sec­onds.

Anna Gem­mill from Car­radale was the un­der 11 cham­pion, win­ning the 60m, 200m, 400m and high jump.

Alice Adair from Kil­martin was run­ner-up win­ning the long jump and 800m and Vi­o­let Camp­bell from Glen­barr was third over­all thanks to a win in the javelin.

Kirstie Ren­ton from Camp­bel­town won the un­der 9 cat­e­gory thanks to wins in the 200m and 400m and sec­ond places in the long jump and javelin.

Ca­tri­ona John­stone from Lochgair was sec­ond over­all just two points be­hind after win­ning the 60m and plac­ing sec­ond in the 200m and 400m. In the same age group, Jorja MacDon­ald won the long jump with an ex­cel­lent 2.43m. Jodie Al­lan from Ar­dr­ishaig won the javelin and Eleanor Dale and Beth John­stone shared first place in the high jump.

Lexie Hous­ton from Ar­dr­ishaig was the un­der 7 cham­pion win­ning three events. Carys Naisby from In­ver­aray was run­ner-up and Grazia Gra­ham from Camp­bel­town was third on over­all points.

Jodie Robert­son from Lochgilp­head dom­i­nated in the Un­der 15 girls con­test with wins in the 60m, 200m long jump and high jump. Isla Head from Oban was run­ner-up with Rachael John­stone from Lochgair in third place.

Isla won the shot putt and javelin and Rachael im­pressed in win­ning the 400m, 800m and 1,500m. An­other lo­cal girl, Chloe Fair­man, was the un­der 17 win­ner with clear wins in the 60m, 200m, 400m and long jump. Kelsey Whit­low from Oban won the javelin and shot putt and an­other Oban girl, Eilidh Shearer, won the 800m.

The boys en­try was dis­ap­point­ing, mak­ing up just over a third of the to­tal num­bers, but the com­pe­ti­tion was still in­tense in most age groups.

Ross Hamil­ton, from Lochgilp­head, was the un­der 7 cham­pion win­ning all five events. The far trav­elled Fin­lay MacCal­lum, from Fion­nphort on Mull, was run­ner-up.

Cal­lum Green, from Ar­dr­ishaig, pro­duced ex­cel­lent re­sults in win­ning the un­der 9 cat­e­gory. Young Cal­lum won the 60m, javelin, high jump and long jump with 1.02m and 2.55m re­spec­tively.

Max Gra­ham from Camp­bel­town was sec­ond over­all win­ning the 200m and 400m.

Lo­cal boy Mur­ray MacDon­ald was the un­der 11 cham­pion ahead of Ruaraidh Camp­bell from Glen­barr. It was a close con­test with Mur­ray win­ning the 60m, 200m, shot putt and long jump leap­ing out to a re­spectable 3.38m. Ruaraidh won the javelin and 800m.

Ruaraidh’s older brother Gre­gor was a clear win­ner of the un­der 13s con­test with vic­tory in all his five events. He was es­pe­cially dom­i­nant on the track win­ning the 200m, 400m and 800m and also won the long jump and shot putt. In the same age group, Daniel Teape from Taynuilt won the high jump. Ruaraidh Green from Ar­dr­ishaig won the 60m and an­other Ar­dr­ishaig boy Lo­gan Al­lan won the javelin.

Sam Coates from Kil­more won the un­der 15s after a duel with Jake Gille­spie from Lochgilp­head. Sam won the 60m, 200m and 800m in ad­di­tion to the long jump while Jake won the 400m. Third placed Shaun Doy from Kilmichael Glas­sary won the high jump, shot putt and javelin throw­ing an im­pres­sive 26m.

This was the first com­pe­ti­tion us­ing the new jumps and the new all-weather sur­face proved a big suc­cess in the al­most con­stant rain which started an hour be­fore the events started.

The two new an­nual tro­phies in mem­ory of the late Hugh MacArthur, founder mem­ber of the lo­cal club in 1984 who died on June 27 2015, were keenly con­tested in the un­der 9 boys and un­der 9 girls. Hugh also made a big con­tri­bu­tion in en­sur­ing the new jumps went ahead in his role as chair­man of Mid Ar­gyll Sports Coun­cil which pro­vided gen­er­ous fi­nan­cial sup­port.

Hugh’s wife Katrina, sons James and David and daugh­ter Karen were all present on Sun­day and pre­sented medals to all com­peti­tors and tro­phies to first, sec­ond and third in each age group.

The first win­ners of the new tro­phies were Cal­lum Green from Ar­dr­ishaig and Kirstie Ren­ton from Camp­bel­town.

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