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Articles: Youngsters shine at games

Contributed by admin on Jun 17, 2004 - 06:22 PM

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<FONT color=black size=4>YOUNGSTERS SHINE AT GAMES

<FONT color=black>For the first time in the history of the Kent Youth Games, Shepway entered a mixed girls and boys athletics team - with great results.

<FONT color=black>The team of youngsters from school years 7 and 9 secured joint second place and there were some top individual performers at the event at Canterbury High School o­n 13 June.

<FONT color=black>In the boys’ event Alex Malcolm from Pent Valley School won the 100m the vertical jump, shot putt, and anchored the 4x100m to victory. Tom Wood from Pent Valley finished first and Jack Green from Brockhill second in the 800 metres, Dwyte Ash from Brockhill won the second place in the 75-metre hurdles and Gary Hayden from Pent Valley finished third in the long jump.

<FONT color=black>In the girls’ event, two girls from Brockhill, Lucy Weekes and Francescia Zelenski won respectively the second place for the 800 metres and the third place at discus event. Ka Mun Yau from the Folkestone School for Girls won the first place for the javelin event.

<FONT color=black>Medway Panthers won the games with 43 points. Shepway were equal second with Tonbridge and Malling o­n 41 points

<FONT color=black>Wilbert Greaves, Shepway Council’s Sports Development Officer, said the result reflected the high standards of local young sportsmen and women.

<FONT color=black>“Although at the moment we do not have an athletics track in the district, 80 per cent of the team took part in the Panther Club experience during the last school term. This, coupled with the support of teachers and parents, helped the youngsters to realise their potential. The high standards demonstrated at the Kent Youth Games bode well for the future of athletics and sports generally. Hopefully our two new planned sports facilities will further enhance opportunities for local young people.�