The Final of the UK Indoor Sportshall Competition took place at the weekend with 67 athletes from 11 Counties of the UK taking part at the remarkable stadium facilities at Machester’s Sport City.
Three athletes from Tamworth AC were chosen to take part in the Birmingham Team. Lucy Wheeler, Lauren Swindell and Eve Clawley from Tamworth were joined by Iris Oliarnyk from Halesowen A & CC, Lauren Bowman from Birchfield Harriers and Mary Takwoingi from Solihull and Small Heath AC.
Competition was fierce with the Birmingham squad up against the best athletes in the UK. Nevertheless the Birmingham team gave a good account of themselves finishing 3rd in the team competition.
Lucy Wheeler was equal 6th in the 2 Lap race, 9th in the shot and equal 9th in the Vertical Jump. She was the highest placed Tamworth athlete finishing 13th in the individual competition.
Congratulations are in order for the U15 National Speed Bounce Champion Lauren Swindell (well known for her speed bounce speciality) who came equal 1st in the speed bounce with a huge 88 bounces in 30secs winning the Gold Medal. Lauren came equal 24th in the 4 lap race and finished 39th in the Standing Long Jump. Lucy and Lauren were joined by Lauren Bowman and Iris Oliarnyk in the 2 x 4 lap Relay finishing equal 4th
Lauren Swindel U15 National Speed Bounce Champion with her Gold Medal
Eve Clawley was equal 10th in the 4 lap race, equal 17th in the vertical jump and equal 32nd in the Shot. Eve also took part in the 8 lap Paarlauf with Mary Takwoingi finishing in 4th place.
All the athletes are now looking forward to a summer of track and field in the various league competitions.
The Birmingham Squad:Left to right Lauren Swindell, Lauren Bowman, Iris Oliarnyk, Eve Clawley, Mary Takwoingi and Lucy Wheeler