Charlotte Payne (Kennet school & NAC) was selected to represent England South in the prestigious UK School Games held at Loughborough University against 4 other National teams including Scotland and Northern Ireland. She was also chosen as England South’s Team Captain which is a huge achievement and privilege at such an esteemed event. Charlotte led the hammer competition right from the very first round by over 2 metres despite being against the very top athletes from around the country. Her furthest – and the winning – throw of 62.79m was less than 30cm from breaking the Championship record which has stood for a number of years. Charlotte walked away with the Gold medal rounding off a fantastic season for her. Her team then went on to win the whole Athletics Event in which Charlotte received the trophy for her work as captain.
This fantastic achievement ends her successful 2018 athletics season as she prepares to move into the Under 20 age category next year.
The 2018 School Games National Finals, supported by Sport England and the Youth Sport Trust, is a major multi-sport event for the most talented young athletes across the UK. Between Thursday 30th August and Sunday 2nd September, more than 1,400 young athletes competed across 11 sports at venues across Loughborough University Campus. Experiencing a Celebration Ceremony, staying in team accommodation for 3 days and facing competitors from around the UK, the young athletes selected for the School Games are immersed in a mini-Olympic style event, hosted by the world’s top sporting University, Loughborough University.
Two club members represented the Berkshire team at this season’s SEAA Inter Counties U15 & U20 Championships held at Horspath, Oxford on Saturday. Maisie Jeger competed in three Under 15 events finishing 9th in the Shot Putt with 9.86m, threw a new PB of 27.19m in the Javelin, and dipped under 28 seconds in the 200m, Berkshire Under 15 Girls team came 5th. Izzy Fry ran in the Under 20 1500m. After a fast first lap the pace dropped so Izzy took it on, heading the 15 strong field in to the home straight to finish in 2nd place in 4.43m. The under 20 Women’s team came 3rd.