Four athletes from West Norfolk Athletics Club travelled to Chelmsford at the weekend to compete in the Eastern Regional Disability Championships.
Lily Edwards (12), Ciaran McKerrow (17), Cameron Ross (18) and Wesley Houghton (25) were accompanied by their coaches Paul and Sally Edwards.
All 12 events the athletes entered resulted in 12 medals, with eight gold and four silver, plus several personal bests.
Edwards won gold in the under 14 girls MLD category for shot putt with a new PB of 3m 13 ahead of strong opposition. Her technique learned from her new specialist throws coach Trevor Minns earned several comments from national field judges.
Lily was pipped on the line to second for the 100m sprint with a new PB of 22.87 seconds and she added a highly commendable silver for long jump (PB) of 1.75m.
McKerrow on his competitive debut in the SLD category ran in the 400m assisted by his guide runner and brother Matthew and stormed to first place in a commendable 1min 31 secs. He bagged his second gold in a much more difficult 800m in 4 min 23 secs.
Ross, who has trained consistently hard this season, in the U20 MLD led the 200m field from start to finish with a new PB of 29.5 secs and gold. In the 100m he won an excellent race into a head wind with 14.16 secs. He added silver in the long jump, making gradual PBs, finishing with a fantastic 3.68 after working with jumps coach Sally Edwards. He was rewarded with silver for the Shot Putt with 4.42m.
Houghton, in his new official category of T11 Senior Men, has limited peripheral vision and must now compete in the totally blind category wearing a blindfold at all times. With Wesley’s primary guide runner Aaron Raine injured, his brother Troy stood in. Wesley finished first with a fine 200m time of 33.3 secs.
Next up was the 100m, with Raine. They ran superbly the first time either had competed at T11 in a fine time of 14secs and both were presented with a gold medal. Houghton in the long jump managed silver with 3.39m.
All athletes must now wait for the results of the regional finals to see if they have secured national finals places.
Edwards, Ross and McKerrow also train at the Kandoo club which meets on a Wednesday evening 6-7.30pm at Lynnsport. The first two sessions for those aged 8 to 18 are free.
Special thanks to events photographer Tony Payne.
All athletes and coaching staff at WNAC can be justifiably proud of their achievements proving that with commitment and training, disabilities can be overcome at all levels.