West Norfolk AC pair’s shot wins may put them in national final

Order of athletes from left: Nathan Smalls, Mason Higby, Alfie Williams, Charlie Williams, Lucy Koenigsberger, Haydn Buffham, Joe Williams. Not in photo Ryan Wood
Order of athletes from left: Nathan Smalls, Mason Higby, Alfie Williams, Charlie Williams, Lucy Koenigsberger, Haydn Buffham, Joe Williams. Not in photo Ryan Wood

Eight athletes from West Norfolk AC represented the Norfolk team in Hatfield at the Sportshall Athletics Regional Championships, the highest number ever to represent the club in this competition.

Ryan Wood, aged only 9 and in his first season with WNAC, competed in the under 11 Boys team and performed extremely well in the Speed Bounce and Relay. His performance contributed towards the U11 team winning the event.

Alfie Williams and Joe Williams competed in the U13 boys category who came second overall. Joe, competing at this level for the first time, achieved 6.10m in the Standing Triple Jump and finished second in two relays with his Norfolk team mates.

Alfie was absolutely supreme in the Shot Put winning with an enormous PB of 11.28m, which may qualify him for the National Championship in his own right.

The U13 Boys finished second overall, only narrowly beaten by Hertfordshire.

Charlie Williams, Nathan Smalls, Mason Higby and Haydn Buffham were the core of the U15 Boys team.

Williams finished third overall and was therefore the best all-rounder from WNAC.

Williams won the Standing Long Jump with 2.74m and the eight-lap Paarlauf relay with his Dereham partner.

Smalls won his two-lap race and did well in the Speed Bounce and Long Jump.

Higby achieved a PB in Shot with 11.12m and battled bravely in the relays.

Buffham, also competing at this high level for the first time, was a strong runner in the Norfolk relay teams.

The U15 Boys finished second overall, only narrowly beaten by Herts.

Lucy Koenigsberger represented WNAC in the U15 Girls team. She continued her winning streak in the Shot Put with 10.63m and put in further strong performances in at the Vertical Jump, 2-lap and the 4x2 lap relay.

The U15G finished second overall, again only narrowly beaten by Herts.

The U13 girls team won by a large margin and go forward to take their place at the National Final for U13s and 15s.

All the other teams will have to wait for the rest of the results from the UK and Ireland to see if they can qualify as one of the best second place teams.