Congratulations to David Dhanraj competing in the National Sportshall Final as an individual in the triple jump on winning a silver medal.
Congratulations to David Dhanraj who has been invited to attend the U13 National Sportshall Final in Manchester at the beginning of April to compete in the Standing Triple jump. David leapt a massive 7.99m at the South Regional Final making him one of the leading triple jumpers in the country in the U13 age group.
Last Saturday saw a very exciting and competitive afternoon of relays down at TVAC. A combination of speed, agility, balance, coordination and skill as well as concentration was required by all of the athletes as they ran, jumped, picked up med balls, cleared hurdles in the relentless pursuit of points.
Each of the teams came first in at least one of the relays and every relay was very close - a matter of seconds covering a number of places in some of the races - equivalent to a foot on a hurdle, a knock on the top of the speed bounce or a slight delay in the baton change.
Well done to everyone involved - and a big thank you to parent helpers for your assistance in helping out on a slightly different afternoon - as ever very much appreciated.
After Saturday it looks as though Team 1 (68 points), led by a very determined Adam, have a healthy overall lead in the competition across the term but they can still be caught. Team 5 are in 2nd place with 77 points only 1 point ahead of Team 4 on 78 points...........there is still a lot to play for!
We look forward to the coming weeks and the final relays towards the end of term.
Well done everyone on Saturday.
Congratulations to Francesca on being selected by England Athletics to be one of only 20 young coaches representing athletics at the National Young Coach Academy in December.
The academy is attended by young coaches nominated by their governing body following a selection process. Sports represented include swimming, badminton, boccia, basketball, table tennis, rugby, hockey, football and volleyball.
This is the third academy for which a Slough Junior AC young coach has been selected to attend the 3 days of intense sessions of classroom and practical learning at Loughborough University run by Sport England and the Youth Sport Trust. It is an honour for the club to be recognised in this way by England Athletics. It is also a fitting reward for the commitment shown by our young coaches in their personal development pathway and in their dedication to the development of the young athletes at the club and in the wider local community as they give back to our sport.
At a very hot and humid Tidworth track SJAC athletes put up a very strong challenge to some of the larger clubs in the Wessex League on Sunday and came away with a fantastic 3rd place overall (provisional) - well done to everyone who turned out for the club, supported the team, managed teams, the noisy SJAC camp and those officiating in the field - it was a another very very good day and one everyone who was there should feel most proud of.
Amongst the many highlights.... “it was great to be able to come and represent the club - thank you for the opportunity” - a comment shared towards the end of the day with the Chairman by one of our younger athletes - that is what it is all about.
Well done team - once the final league results and positions are available they will be posted.
Congratulations to athletes, parents, relatives, siblings and coaches for a tremendous performance this last Sunday at Swindon in Round 3 of the Wessex League.
The blue SJAC village was vibrant, visible and voluminous in its presence and certainly had plenty to shout and cheer about during the course of what was one of the hottest days of the year so far.
The troops rallied. Some went in search of safety pins, some volunteered to help out as officials, some team managed and some just did whatever was required to help the team out!
To take part is experience in itself. An opportunity to improve, try out new events and compete knowing that your team benefits from all of your efforts. The number of athletes that were either competing for the first time or doing events for the first time was very high.
The final results are not yet posted. It does however look as if the Quad Kids finished first with 1520 points.
The U13, 15 and 17 team was narrowly beaten into second place by a mere four points. These results will be added to the two previous rounds to give overall positions coming into the last round at Tidworth on 21st July.
What is significant to note that if we had had one or two more people compete in just a couple of events, we would have easily won this round. We will be posting the teams this weekend. If there are any boy or girl athletes that are now available for the final round please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The finale of the day was made so much more special due to the fact that we won every one of the four relays that we competed in! Rich reward indeed for all the hard work put in at relay practice at the end of every Saturday session.
Congratulations to all and good luck for the final round!
Congratulations and well done to Ellysha Franklin (Oxon - Midlands), Elliott Thorne and Louisa Snape (both Berks - South) who each set new overall Pentathlon personal best performances in the Regional Schools U15 Multi Event championships at the weekend. Ellysha set new PBs in the hurdles and long jump as she helped her team to 2nd place overall in the Midlands. Elliott set new PBs in the 800m and 80mH with Louisa setting a new 800m PB.
Saturday was a very proud day in the history of the club as numerous U15 and U17 athletes competed for their school districts in County Schools finals across the country.
In Somerset Hannah Nanton (U17) competed in the 300m and triple jump, coming second in the triple jump
In Milton Keynes (Bucks) Adam Day (U15) ran a new PB in the 800m and competed in the high jump; younger brother Mike had a busy day in the 800m, long jump and shot (new PB); and Andrew Condon (U15) set a new PB coming 2nd in the 100m and won the 200m.
Meanwhile at a sun baked Palmer Park in Reading (Berks) Charlotte Frate (U15) sprinted well in the 100m as did Cyrus Panesar in the U15 boys 200m; Louisa Snape set a new PB in the U15 Girls 200m and Matthew Bradley competed strongly over 1 lap. In the field events, Morris Nganga (U17) jumped well, Morgan Lake (U17) won and Elliott Thorne (U15)won and set a new PB, all three in the long jump, and Josie Tizzard (U15) competed well in the discus.
Well done to everyone for representing your school so well - the club is proud.
As the sun shone brilliantly at Oxford so a good number of our athletes stepped out and enjoyed the conditions to record some very exciting and promising results at the Sandra Luke Memorial young athlete meeting on Sunday.
Luke McGarvie, our youngest competitor on the day was a fantastic 5th place overall in the U8 Boys competition. With a great series of results across the 5 events his standout event of the day was the 800m which he won in 3m 17.0 seconds!
In the U9 Girls Eva Barnett scored consistently well across all 5 events to record a third place finish and a 9 Step award whilst in the U9 Boys Tyler Gooden was just pipped to the podium in a very closely contested event, with similarly strong performances across the 5 events resulting in him achieving a 9 Step award.
Amber Ingram ran a superb 800m just outside 3 minutes to underline the promise she has as a middle distance runner in coming 5th overall in the U10 Girls competition, earning a 5 Star award. Hanna Selli, making her Slough Junior AC outdoor debut, had a great series of events and was awarded a 4 Star award coming 10th overall, just ahead of Madison Goodliff and Lilyarna Franklin who each also achieved a 4 Star award. Emily Oliver finished the day with a 3 Star award, which was not necessarily a reflection on her fantastic 800m performance - another one of our growing group of young middle distance runners - Finn O’Shea put his name forward for that group as he ran a very strong 800m in the Boys U10 event and won a 5 Star award.
In the U11 Girls Emilie Richardson-Tuitt ran a good hurdles and flat 75m race up against some very good opposition and in a tight finish for the 3 top places was just beaten whilst securing a 5 Star award. Ciara Comfort, also competing for the first time outdoors, ran and jumped well in securing a 3 Star award. Max McGarvie was our leading U11 Boy with a 5 Star award - another fantastic 800m run of 2m 41.37 seconds.
Alice Nanton was a 5 Star award winner; competing in a very strong U12 Girls competition she ran a very strong 100m and hurdled well as did Owenia Francis (U13 G 4 Star award). Harrison Thorne jumped extremely well throughout the day with a 1.42m high jump and 4.22m long jump helping him to secure a 5 Star award, whilst Ross McGarvie ensured the great afternoon of middle distance running by the club athletes was maintained as he completed the 800m in 2 minutes 44.26 secs on his way to a 4 Star award.
David Dhanraj ran over the hurdles and a flat 200m as well as jumping to achieve a 5 Star award and 4th place in the U13 Boys event, which was of the very highest standard.
In the U14 Girls Orla O’Shea competed very strongly particularly in the high jump (1.30m) to achieve a 4 Star award and Josie Tizzard threw the javelin particularly well and proved that throwers can also sprint pretty well en route to her 4 Star award.
Some of our more well seasoned, older athletes used the event as a very valuable and important part of their preparation for the County Schools events next weekend and Schools multi-event competitions later in the month. Each competed strongly with Ellyhsa Franklin (U14G) and Louisa Snape (U14G) both achieving 5 Star awards competing in events in which they are historically less strong, showing the value of training and competing across the full range of disciplines and not specialising too early, whilst Elliott Thorne (U14B) won the competition and a 5 Star award with a good series of long and high jumps and a very strong 200m run. Andrew Condon also ran a very strong 200m and did well in the long jump on his way to winning the U15 Boys competition and a 5 Star award.