Yate AC Athletes win Championship medals

March 29 2018

Athletes at Yate & District Athletic Club are celebrating success at regional and national indoor championships.

Athletes at Yate & District Athletic Club are celebrating success at regional and national indoor championships. 

 The clubs Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17 athletes were the first with an indoor championships medal haul, amassing a total of nine medals at The South West Indoor Championships.  Maddox Davies won Bronze in both the 60m and Shot Put and 10-year-old Phoebe Havard took Gold in the 60m.

 The Under 20’s and senior athletes added a further five medals to the tally.  Adam Wilson (Senior Men 800m) and Lucy Durham (U20 Women Triple Jump) both achieved silver medals, whilst Yvette Westwood  (Senior Women 60m) and Kane Lee (Senior Men 400m) went one better and bought home gold medals.  Kane Lee also managed a further silver medal at the Welsh Senior Championships.

 At the Welsh Junior Championships high jump competition, Jack Moore won gold, with an impressive leap of 1.90m, whilst teammate David Thomas picked up the Bronze with 1.80m.   Jack has now been rewarded with a Welsh National vest for his efforts.

 In the Midland Championships, Luke Ball, the talented multi-eventer, won a double silver in the individual long jump and high jump.  He also recently travelled to Sheffield to compete in the National Pentathlon Championships, which incorporated the Midland Championships.  Still in his first year, Luke managed to perform a personal best in all five disciplines and finish fifth over all nationally and third within the Midlands.  

Yvette Westwood had to settle for bronze in the Midland Championships Senior Womens 60m, pipped to the silver by just 0.05 seconds.  Yvette also made an appearance on the nationally televised, British Indoor Championships, but unfortunately couldn’t make it past her incredibly strong 60m and 200m heats

Proving that age is no barrier to success, Karen Jones went to the this years British Masters Championships hoping to defend the two titles she won last year, competing in the V55 age group hammer throw and weight throw. Karen had to make a last minute decision as to whether she was actually fit enough to compete.  Fortunately, she decided to go ahead, and much to her surprise she managed to launch her 3kg hammer 34.84m.  Amazingly, this distance was just a little more than 2m down on her lifetime best but she was pipped to the gold medal by 4cm.

Karen then went on to throw the weight” (a 7.26kg shot with a handle attached) 11.27m, half a metre down on her Personal Best, but still enough to secure a gold medal.

Karen and training partner, Eugene Lawlor (Ireland), will now head over to Madrid between for the Indoor European Masters Championships.