London 2012 leads to sportshall athletics entries doubling

Bingley Harrier Rhea Southcott, in action during last year's trials, had her chest push record equalled

Bingley Harrier Rhea Southcott, in action during last year's trials, had her chest push record equalled

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Sports Reporter

Post-Olympic fever has resulted in entries doubling for the West Yorkshire Under-11 Sportshall Athletics Trials.

After a disappointing response last winter, over 160 children from the county attended the Bingley Harriers-organised trials at the Richard Dunn Sports Centre.

And the increased numbers has boosted the chances of the West Yorkshire boys and girls’ teams having a successful day at the Yorkshire Under-11s Sportshall Fun in Athletics Festival in Halifax next Sunday.

A team of 15 boys and a team of 15 girls will take part there from West Yorkshire, all of them being selected on their all-round ability after running, jumping and throwing events.

Sports centre staff and an army of volunteers helped Harriers members to stage the event, which included sprinting, standing long jump and standing triple jump.

Although there was plenty of quality on display, records were hard to come by, but Lois Logan did equal the girls’ chest push record of 7.50 metres set by Bingley Harrier Rhea Southcott last year.

West Yorkshire teams - Boys Tykes: Luke Tweed, Ben Pritchard, Callum Durrans, Harry Johnson, Theo Cokewright, Luke Whitehouse, James Cox, Joe Byron, Aran Thomas, Ben Adeniji, Enrico Demurtas, Drew Walford, Emahl Williamson, Nathan Brayshaw, Charlie Wilde. Girls Tykes: Georgia Norcliffe-Haigh, Molly Lee, Macy Ellis, Chloe Burbridge, Hollie Ellis, Lois Logan, Olivia Silverman, Alicia Marriott, Ella Moran, Nadia Dawson, Georgia Pilling, Alice Sismanobic, Molly Ellis, Lucy Adeniji, Lucie Hall.

The under-13 and under-15 West Yorkshire Trials are being held at the Richard Dunn Sports Centre on Saturday, February 9 (2.15).

They are open to athletes were were aged 11 after September 1, 2012 and under-15 at the same date.

Entries close on Monday, February 4, and further information is available on 01274-416286.

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