Sportshall success for emerging stars at Oswestry Athletics Club

Oswestry Olympians athlete Elliot O’Connor was the best player at the West Midlands Sportshall Championships to be crowned Under-15 champion.

Elliot will now represent the region at the UK Championships to be held in Colchester later this year.

Elliot was part of a contingent of seven Olympians from Oswestry in the Shropshire team which competed against other West Midland counties in the Sporthall Regional Finals and Fun in Athletics competitions at the North Solihull Sports Centre.

He got off to a great start winning the speed rebound with a score of 82, 12 points clear of his nearest rival.

His dominance continued to win the 43cm standing long jump with a leap of 2.36 meters.

He then moved on to the track where he raced home in the two-lap race well ahead of the chasing pack to secure maximum unassailable points in all of his events.


Teammate Archie Calloway, also competing in the boys U15, performed well in the four-lap run and the standing long jump before securing third place in shooting.

Kate Hotchkiss kept the Oswestry flag flying in the U15 women’s competitions with fourth place in shooting after strong performances in the standing long jump and the two-lap run.

Harry Tidridge, making his Shropshire debut, secured third place in the U13 speed rebound just 10 points behind Ollie O’Connor who won the event after finishing third in the six-lap race.

The Fun in Athletics Under-11 events saw Jayden Janicki cap off a stellar county debut by winning the balance test and finishing second in the standing long jump while Emily O’Connor added to her family successes with a great performance in the vertical jump and a third place in the speed rebound.

Club training will soon shift from the gym to athletics as coaches prepare members for the upcoming Shropshire Young Athletes League matches which kick off in Shrewsbury on May 5.

Some members of the club will also take part in Telford’s spring warm-up which will be held at the Telford Athletics Stadium on Wednesday 13 April.

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