Saturday 3rd May
the showers and heavy rain of the preceding week, it was good to be able to turn
up to Kings Park for the annual Dorset Schools Multi-events competition
reasonably confident after positive weather forecasts. A late Easter meant that
the date coincided with the first weekend of the summer term and entries were
down on the last two years. However,
the now established format of one run, one jump and one throw proved popular
enough to encourage 73 youngsters to try their hand over the three hours of
competition. As usual, there was a relaxed and friendly atmosphere among rivals
who, nevertheless, competed with great determination. There was one new county
record set: Serita Shone (Thomas Hardye) was impressive in the Junior Girls’
category. Once again Dorset Schools Athletic Association is grateful for the
assistance so willingly offered by Dorset County AA officials who helped in the
smooth running of the afternoon as well as to the Kings Park ground staff.
the Senior Girls, the competition was
dominated by athletes from Bryanston who filled the top three places and
comfortably took the team title. Individual winner was Katherine Elliott who was
stronger than the next three girls (who included team mates, Kirsty Morris and
Sarah Mynott), all of whom had chosen the same combination of events.
the Intermediate Girls' category, the
competition was dominated by Canford athletes, with Caitlin Poultney’s
performance in the shot proving decisive. Her two team mates, Tara Dufty and
Alice Plowman tied for second place. Unsurprisingly, therefore, the team title
went Canford’s way.
was an impressive performance too in the Junior
Girls' competition where procedings were domininated by Serita Shone from
Thomas Hardye’s School in Dorchester who won all three of her chosen events
and finished well clear of the runner-up, Lauren Cunningham (Parkstone Grammar),
who had the consolation of being part of the winning team. Canford’s Chloe
Woodhead showed promise in third place.
the Minor Girls' competition, Wey
Valley’s Jemma Tewksbury was only two points short of equalling the county
record. Lucy Waller (Castle Court) was clearly the next best athlete who, though
eleven points behind the winner, was sixty-five points clear of third place,
Rebecca Lamb of Lockyer’s Middle School. Rebecca combined with her team mates
to provide the winning team score.
Senior Boys' competition was
numerically dominated by athletes from Canford, but athletically dominated by
Bournemouth College’s Alex Rowberry whose 100m and Long Jump were enough to
guarantee him victory. There was a tie for second place between Tom Davis and
Peter O’Hanlon from Canford. Canford
strong presence meant that the team title was a formality.
scoring athlete of the day was Purbeck’s Nick Phillips in the Intermediate Boys' category. Two “no-throws” in the shot meant
that he had to “play safe” with his third and final attempt, which left him
five points short of the record. There were outstanding performances from
Summerbee’s Daniel Brunsden (who threw an excellent 46m64 in the Javelin) and
Corfe Hills’ Jonathan Boyle, making this the category of the highest quality
of the day. Canford took the team
School dominated the Junior Boys' category with
the first six finishers. Jared Sharman finished just three points ahead of Josh
Charlesworth, with Alex Feltham just a further four points adrift. These are
athletes of some potential and Twynham School (who won the team title) should
have good years ahead of them.
In the Minor
Boys' division, there was a disappointing turn-out with only one entry:
Matthew Sloane (Twynham) ran, jumped and threw as if he was against a host of
competitors and fully deserved his medal at the end of the day.
Multi-events team manager, Pete Clarke, is always hopeful that some of those who
competed will feel that they would like to try a full Pentathlon, Heptathlon,
Octathlon or Decathlon (depending upon age).
On this showing there are many who would be well capable of doing so.
They are asked to contact the DSAA as a matter of urgency if they would like
further information. E-mail contact
details are on the DSAA web site (www.dsaa.org.uk)