Monday, 10 September 2007
Monday, 20 August 2007
Monday, 9 July 2007
Sunday, 24 June 2007
Thursday, 21 June 2007
Thursday, 24 May 2007
Wednesday, 9 May 2007
Monday, 30 April 2007
Monday, 23 April 2007
Thursday, 19 April 2007
With 500 athletes taking part in the day, Robert started the Richards' proceedings with his 100m sprint. He finished 7th in his race with a time of 15.9s. This equalled his PB from last seasons and is now his benchmark for future events. He is competing in the Boys U13 age group, which means that he is one of the youngest in each competition, so this was a good start.
Tom then ran his 100m, finishing 4th in 13.4s - again, a good time and a good beginning to his season. He is competing in the Boys U15 age group, which means that he is also one of the youngest in his competitions.
Then Amelia ran her 100m, finished 1st in 12.7s. The transition from Winter to Summer seasons (indoor to outdoor) was beginning smoothly.
Amelia then took part in the 200m race, again finishing 1st in a time of 26.0s, a new PB.
Tom followed this race in his 200m race, finishing 4th in a time of 28.1s, also a new PB.
A short gap for lunch was followed by Amelia's Long Jump. With four possible jumps, Amelia was only able to take two because she had to run 4th leg in the 4 x 100m relay! However, her first jump was her best with a distance of 5.10m, putting her in a winning position.
The relay was one of two - Robert took part in the Boys U13 4 x 100m, running the 3rd leg. Amelia's team finished 5th and Robert's team finished 4th.
So, PBs all round. Amelia's times / distance in her three events qualify her for the English Schools Championships, meeting the Standards in all three events. As well as this, she qualified for England Athletics Grade I Standard in all three events.
Overall, not a bad start to the season !
Saturday, 31 March 2007
Friday, 30 March 2007
- The U15 200m Humphrey Cup
- The Hurdles Cup
- The 800m U15G Cup
- The Junior Jumps Cup, and
- The Pentathlon Shield
Thursday, 22 March 2007
Saturday, 17 March 2007
Wednesday, 14 March 2007
The setting and ceremony were very swish - cool lighting and music, snappy PowerPoint presentations of past Olympic Games, celebrity sports guests who live or perform in the Borough, together with many talented local sports people from all areas of sport - from athletics through the alphabet to volleyball. The competition was very strong - stories of young swimmers training 55km a day in the pool, training for some 16-18 hours a week; people overcoming diabilities to compete in their sport; teams reaching finals and goals which they had never before achieved.
There were presentations of trophies won in local competitions or the London Youth Games last summer, followed by the team and individual awards for Services to Sport, Coach of the Year, Team of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. These were presented around a table tennis display and a 'Question of Sport' in which previous Sports Awards winners, London 2012 potential competitors and Commonwealth and Olympic athletes answered questions put to them by members of the audience. Amelia was selected to ask two questions of Adrian Turner, an Olympic swimmer, who has just moved into the Borough and she appeared on the big screen with her microphone as she spoke!
Finally came the top awards: Junior Team of the Year, Team of the Year, Junior Sports Person of the Year and Sports Person of the Year. It was like the Oscars - nominees had short summaries of their achievements read out while their pictures appeared on the big screen behind the stage. Amelia was nominated by her club and her school for the Junior Sports Person of the Year award where she was up against another athlete, a cross-country runner, a tennis player, a bowls player and a footballer.
Then came the announcement. "And the winner is ... Amelia Richards." She won!! Even modest Amelia could not contain her obvious pleasure and pride in winning this award. She was grinning broadly as she mounted the stage and received her trophy from Councillor Rosemary Torrington, Deputy Chairman for the Borough's Environment and Leisure Committee. Amelia's trophy was a silver champagne-style fluted trophy which is engraved with her name and which she holds for the year. She also received a silver salver engraved with details of her award which she can keep. As a part of the award, Amelia has been given a £100 grant to help with the expenses she incurs in travelling to competitions and buying spikes and kit.
Friday, 9 March 2007
Wednesday, 7 March 2007
The day started with a group photo and some warming up, followed by a really tough 'Strength and Conditioning' session led by Daley. The athletes were worked really hard but were still smiling at the end!
Then, after a light lunch, the seminar continued with a word from two of the recent stars of the European Indoor Championships in Birmingham: Phillips Idowu who jumped 17.56m in the triple jump to take Gold, and Jeanette Kwakye who went to 2nd on the all-time National rankings for 60m at the same meeting.
After a session on nutrition and then one on sports psychology and how to prepare for a competition (controlling nerves, etc), the athletes had a Q&A session from Daley.
The event finished with an individual photo of each athlete with Daley Thompson which will be printed and signed before being sent out.
Although tired, Amelia got a lot out of the day and made some new friends in the athletics world.
Sunday, 4 March 2007
In her penultimate indoor championship of the season, Amelia stepped up to the plate (isn't that baseball?) and triumphed in the Surrey County Championships with a Gold medal in the 60m sprint (after winning her heat and semi-final), followed by a Gold medal in the long jump (leading from the first round to the end).
Saturday, 3 March 2007
Friday, 2 March 2007
Saturday, 3 February 2007
Monday, 29 January 2007
Sunday, 28 January 2007
Wednesday, 24 January 2007
He took part in the Small Schools Athletics Competition in Tooting today, competing against 9 other schools from the Borough of Wandsworth.
He won a Bronze medal in the Long Jump. He then went on to win his heat (1 of 20) for the 100m and clocked the fastest time in all the heats before winning the Final and picking up his first ever Gold medal.
Then he took part in a 2 x 100m/200m relay - the first person runs 100m and the second (Robert) runs 200m. Again, he picked up a Gold medal.
Finally, he ran the third leg in the 4 x 100m relay and the team came home to a victorious Gold - the third of the day for Robert!.
Not only did he win 3 Gold and 1 Bronze, but he was also talent-spotted and asked (with two others from his school) to run for Wandsworth Borough in the London Small Schools Athletics Competition (date to be confirmed).
When talking to Bob on the phone just now, he described himself as a "Mini Amelia" - maybe this is a glimpse of things to come! Watch this space ...
Amelia and Tom have done fantastically well up until now and I will be putting their past achievements up on this site later this week. Then I will post future dates and competitions so you can watch out for them.
Robert is starting his first proper season of competition today with the 'Wandsworth Small Schools Athletics Competition' in Tooting where he is representing his primary school, Sheringdale.
Keep checking back, our diary is packed and this blog will probably change on a weekly basis!
Anne, Bob, Amelia, Tom and Robert