UKYDL Match, Lower Age Group - 19 June
Posted: 21st Jun 2016 by Andrea Bennett
Pleasant weather greeted the Ashford/Thanet athletics team on their arrival at the penultimate league match of the UKYDL season. Weather plays an important part in individual performances and subsequent overall result, so the shortage of athletes had less of an impact, because individuals were prepared to take on more or perform better, resulting in a final outcome that Team manager, Tina Tappenden was pleased with, particularly as she also had the responsibility of being track referee for the match.
Thanking the athletes and the supporting team for their efforts, she asked that the last match at Chelmsford, on the 16th. July, be equally supported with another big effort and hopefully a good turn out to secure the team’s position in this division.
The team’s efforts were rewarded with some excellent performances, culminating in many personal best and season’s best recordings. In all, 25 personal performances were achieved with the girls doing slightly better than the boys by 14 to 11. Interestingly, there were the same number of boys and girls (14) competing for the team. There were also seasons best and close calls adding up to a very successful day for the athletes.
The next match is on Saturday 16th. July at Chelmsford and it is hoped that today’s efforts can be repeated for this last important competition. A big thanks to all the supporters, officials and parents, who are all an integral part of the team.
The team sends their best wishes to Jade Curtis for a speedy recovery from her injury.
UKYDL (U20/U17) Match 2 - 29 May, Sutcliffe Park
Posted: 31st May 2016 by Andrea Bennett
The second match of the upper age group UKYDL saw 35 members of the ATIP composite team comprising members from Ashford AC, Thanet AC, Invicta East Kent and Paddock Wood AC, travel to Sutcliffe Park for the match.
Knowing that many of the events were not covered, team manager, Tina Tappenden, was expecting a tough competition for points. The weather added to the gloom, starting off cold and windy. However, the sun eventually emerged and the team did manage to have some success, helped by athletes competing in unfamiliar events, to gain valuable points.
The main problem was losing points in the “B” string events, because of lack of numbers and restrictions on the number of events the younger athletes can compete in. in addition there is a physical limit to what athletes can safely take on.
The lost opportunities covered a wide spread of events both on the track and in the field events. Some of the middle distance events, unfortunately, suffered the most when there were no ATIP competitors.
Had the team been able to contest the “B” string events this was potentially another minimum of 42 points. Perhaps in the next match this may make a difference.
However, there were many outstanding performances, culminating in 23 personal best efforts including an excellent 3 for U20 throws specialist Tyler Adams in the discus, shot and javelin. Some newcomers also had an impact on the points score and with the experience gained may be their input will be even more valuable at the next match.
U20 men (11)
Cameron Amedee, Jamie Carley, Robert Banks, Peter Banks, James Wilton, Alex Hardy, Ashley Buckman,
Tyler Adams, Joseph Whitby, Matthew Coward, Lewis Parsons.
U20 women (4)
Corinne Wake-Smith, Hannah Owen, Grace Sullivan, Ashliegh Newell, Jasmine Hardey.
U17 men (11)
Thomas Wilton, Connor Owen, James Wilton, Finlay Hollyer, Douglas Noel, Jack Victory, James O’Gorman, Aaron Rowland, Jak Taylor, Callum Lucas, Ellis Bennett.
U17 women (8)
Ellie Spragg, Emily Etheridge, Louise Evans, Faith Cox, Emily Higham, Holly Preston, Emillie Knights-Toomer, Jemma Coales,