Archive: Apr 2017

  1. 2017 UK Final Report

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    Sportshall UK Final 2017 Round Up

    Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd April saw the top county teams from each of the English Regions joined by National Champions from Ulster and Wales descend on Sportcity, Manchester for the 2017 Sportshall UK Finals. In a change from recent years the Under 15’s All Rounder competition took place on Saturday with the Under 13’s Team Challenge on Sunday.

    Under 15’s Competition – Saturday 22nd April 2017

    The action on the track and in the field was soon under way after the opening ceremony which included some words of wisdom from the Sportshall Creator George Bunner, followed by some advice to the athletes from last year’s 2016 girls all rounder champion Amber Anning (Brighton, Coach: Stephen King) who has since gone on to represent England and finished 2016 ranked number 1 in the UK For the 300m and 4th in the Triple Jump.

    Narrowly beating Surrey the girls from Norfolk were victorious in the Team competition with 67 scoring athletes in the competition Norfolk’s girls all placed in the top half in a team victory which was clearly aided by the fantastic supporters who travelled with the Norfolk team.  Serena Grace (City of Norwich, Coach: Michael Utting) won both the 4 Lap Race and the Speed Bounce with Mia Hopson, City of Norwich, Coach: Keith Yellop) scoring the highest cumulative points score for Norfolk after an equal 6th place finish in the 2 Lap Race, throwing 10.36 in the shot to place 5th and jumping 58cm to finish 12th in the Vertical Jump.


    The individual competition was dominated by combined events Athletes with the eventual winner being Emily Tyrrell (Devon, North Devon AC , Coach: Gill St Barbe). Emily won the Standing Long Jump (2.62m) and was joined at the top of the podium in the 2 Lap Race by Molly Palmer (Leicestershire & Rutland, Charnwood/Notts, Coach: Nigel Kesteven).  Emily’s third event was the Shot in which she finished 8th with a throw of 9.55m which was good enough to hold onto the overall victory.

    The girls’ competition was challenged throughout by Iris Oliarnyk (Birmingham, Halesowen AC, Coach: Dominic McNeillis) and Mia Chantree (Essex, Chelmsford AC, Coach: Steve Mitchell) who finished second and third respectively splitting the top three by only 11 points. Iris was outstanding in the speed and power events finishing second in the Standing Long Jump and winning the shot with a throw of 12.67 putting an extra 13cm on her previous indoor best achieved at this year’s England Athletics U15 / U17 Indoor Combined Events Championships.  Mia threw 10.60 in the shot and was just short of her best of 10.69 achieved earlier this year and picked up a well deserved bronze medal in the Shot, finished 4th in the 4 Lap race and 8th in a competitive Vertical Jump.
    Donegal made their trip across the water worthwhile after taking the victory in the Under 15 boys Team competition for the second consecutive year ahead of Berkshire and Hertfordshire who were second and third respectively. Lughan Devenney (Donegal) was the highest scoring Ulster athlete representing the Donegal team and finished 2nd in the 4 Lap, 4th in the Speed Bounce and 10th in the shot with an overall score of 273 to finish 4th in the Individual All Rounder competition whilst supporting the team victory.

    Theo Adesina (Essex, Thurrock Harriers, Coach: Karl Sumun) qualified for the UK Final in his own right after a competitive East Regional event earlier in the year and was impressive throughout the day dropping only 4 points and scoring 296 of a potential 300 points. In winning the 4 Lap and placing second in the Shot and Standing Triple Jump Theo was crowned UK All Rounder Champion for 2017. Second and third were Charlie Williams (Norfolk, West Norfolk, Coach: Christopher Ely) and Harvey Darroch (Merseyside, Wirral AC, Coach: Pamela Green / Paul Waters). Both Charlie and Harvey put in some great performances throughout the day to earn their silver & bronze medals.


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    Under 13’s Competition – Sunday 23rd April 2017

    Sunday afternoon saw the Under 13 teams arrive at Sportcity ready for their team competition. Once again George Bunner, Creator of Sportshall took to the stage to share some of his experience with the budding young athletes from across the UK. The obstacle relay is always an exciting start to any Sportshall competition and the action was kicked off on Sunday with a series of extremely competitive races.

    In the Under 13 boys competition the eventual winners of the team competition were Berkshire. The Berkshire boys showed their strength across the day winning 6 individual podium places and victory in both the 4 x 1 and 4 x 2 lap relays. Running 20.0 in the 2 Lap race Adam Ulhaq took the title in what was a very quick time indeed.

    In the Under 13 Girls competition Surrey were crowned UK Champions after success throughout the afternoon with medals in all relays winning an impressive three of the four track relays and eight individual podium places including UK Champions in the Shot & Standing Long Jump. Elanor Trugg who jumped 2.40m to claim the Standing Long Jump title and Jenae James took the shot victory. Jenae threw an impressive 11.36m ahead of Adrienne Gallen (Donegal) took silver and also set a new Ulster Record of 10.87 beating the previous best of 10.75m set in 2013 by Naoimh McGranaghan.


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    The Sportshall team would like to congratulate all those who took part in the UK Finals and extend good wishes to all the athletes for their summer Track & field season which is already under way.

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  2. Sportshall UK Final

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    <April 2017>


    Top Young Athletes’ set to compete at the

    Sportshall UK Final


    Budding Young Athletes’ from across the UK are set to compete in the Sportshall Athletics UK Finals at Manchester’s Regional Indoor Athletics Arena on the weekend of April 22nd & 23rd  The most promising young athletes will battle it out to be crowned UK Champions at the flagship athletics development event of the year.


    Athletes such as Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Kelly Sotherton and Mark-Lewis-Francis took part at this event in previous years. Dina Asher Smith also competed in Sportshall and many other current members of the GB & NI Athletics Team experienced their first taste of Athletics through Sportshall competition. Morgan Lake, High Jump UK Junior record holder, won the Under 15’s Sportshall All Rounder competition in 2011 and so this is a chance to see the athletic stars of the future at the start of their athletic careers.


    Amber Anning, last year’s All Rounder Champion will attend to encourage those who are hoping to take her title. Jessica Lake, Mia Chantree and Yasmin Grovesnor are all in with a chance after putting in outstanding individual performances in the Regional Finals. The boys’ title is also up for grabs with Theo Adesina a strong contender having put in the season’s best performance in the Shot.


    Teams from across the UK will be looking to win titles. The Under 15 Boys’ team from Donegal will be defending their title after winning the competition for the first time last year whilst in the Under 15 Girls’ competition Surrey will be trying to hold onto their title to make it three in a row.


    Local teams from Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside will be taking part again and it is pleasing to see teams from Durham and Essex qualifying for a place in the final for the first time in many years, showing the continuing spread in popularity of Sportshall competition.


    Sportshall as a programme was created 40 years ago and now engages over a million children in athletics each year through club and school games programmes. The event is supported by Eveque Leisure Equipment, Eastlands Trust, the Amateur Athletic Association, British Athletics and all the Home Country Governing Bodies.



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    For more information including a full list of qualifiers or to attend the event please contact the Sportshall Team at or ring 01606 353 550


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    On the Saturday the Under 15 event will start at 12.30pm and Finish at 4.30pm.

    On the Sunday the Under 13 event will start at 12.30pm and Finish at 4.30pm.


    Sportshall is a competitive and fun introduction to athletics for children aged 9 to 15. The exciting indoor competition series involves ten regional finals for Under 13 and Under 15 year olds who compete in a variety of athletics disciplines including sprinting, standing long jump and shot. The top teams from each regional final progress to the UK Finals.


    Sportshall Athletics emphasises the importance of team competition, fair play and the fact that taking part and trying your hardest is more important than winning. The scheme was created in 1976 to introduce young people to athletics by making most athletic events possible within a sports hall environment. The fun and easy to master events encourage children to get active in a safe environment.