An absolutely super day at Burgess Hill with Team Berkshire dominating many of the results. With 11 Bracknell athletes in the team it was a delight to see so many excellent performances.
Congrats to James Southard, Joel Cable, Luke Turner, Ben Britton, Yasmin Grosvenor, Natasha Bennett, Abbie Sillett, Chante Williams, Lucy James, Lucy Griffiths and Lauren Watkins.
Headlines - U15 and U13 Berkshire teams are both through to the National Finals in April and the U13 and U15 girls just missed out on the Nationals having both won the silver losing to Team Surrey!.
In the events medals Berkshire U13 squad got 5 Gold medals, 6 Silver medals and 4 Bronze medals. Congrats to Bracknell athletes, Lucy James for Silver in the Shot and a Bronze in the relay obstacle, Lauren Watkins for Gold in the 8 lap Paarlauf and bronze in the 6 lap race, Ben Britton Gold in the 4 x 1 relay and Silver in the 4 x 2 relay
In the events medals the Berkshire U15 squad also picked up medals with 5 golds, 7 silvers and 1 bronze. Congrats to Bracknell athletes, Yasmin Grosvenor for gaining three silvers for her 2 lap race, shot and 4 x 2 relay. James Southard got a gold for the 2 x 4 relay and a silver in the 2 lap individual. Joel Cable got a silver in the Shot. Natasha Bennett achieved a gold in the 8 lap paarlauf whilst Abbie Sillett and Chante Williams gained a silver in the 4 x 2 relay. Luke Turner got a gold in the 4 x 2 relay.
In addition Yasmin won the huge accolade and tremendous achievement of individually winning the overall best U15 female athlete and will also get to compete at the National finals as an individual. Harrison Thorne from Slough Juniors should also be mentioned as he won the equivalent best U15 male athlete for Team Berkshire. Congratulations to both.
I have to say the day was absolutely superb, it was so lovely to see all the teams that we compete so fiercely against normally pitching in to be one huge and highly competitive Berkshire team that undoubtedly had the noisiest supporters, the best team managers - thank you Conrad and Francesca Rowland and a huge pool of talented athletes.
If you haven't tried sportshall - give it a go next season, any of the above athletes will tell you it is simply brilliant fun, physically challenging and highly competitive.