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HTAS update May 2014
On the 6th April the U11 badminton season came to an end with the Badminton England (BE) U11 Nationals where Hampshire's Toby Dillingham, the number 7 seed, reached the quarter finals losing to the eventual runner up and number 3 seed Neil Bahbuta. Following the Nationals there a number of BE sanctioned even age group events, which started with the Margaret Tipon U12, where those who are U11 play up a year ready for next seasons U13 events. Toby reached the semi final before missing out to the tournament runner up. Alex Dillingham missed events due to injury but came back strongly in the Wessex 12 event on the 4th May, reaching the semi final, with Toby reach the quarter final. The twins, paired up in the doubles beating the expected winner 16-14 in a close semi final before sealing the event comfortably in the final.
Over the winter months BMX racer Connor Hedges broke his collarbone and was side-lined for six weeks. After making a full recovery Connor took part in some pre-season racing. At Andover BMX Club Connor made it through to the final and was up against some very stiff opposition, including a European number 7, an ex World number 2, an ex British Champion, a South Champion and the South West Champion. Connor led from start beating the ex World number 2 to the finish line ot win the race.
Connor travelled to the National Cycling Centre in Manchester for the first round of the British BMX Series. He won all three of his qualifying motos (races), his quarter final, his semi final and then went on to win the final in a fantastic race. The only other person to do this clean sweep was the Worlds Elite Men's Champion Liam Philips.
Edgar Hornby competed in the British Fencing Epee U18 British Youth Championships in Sheffield on Monday 5th May. Edgar represented Southern England, competing against the best fencers from across the UK representing their regions. In the semi-final Edgar beat his opponent 15-0, before losing to the eventual winner and taking the bronze medal.
Chris Marfell came 3rd in the trials for junior GB team selection for European Championships. He was disappointed not to be selected but pleased with his performance as he was competing with older boys. He came 4th in the Northern Qualifiers for British Championships in the 13-14 boys qualifying for British Championships in September. In April Chris was selected for National Squad. He first weekend of training was at Lilleshall, the British Gymnastics headquarters on 3-4 May 2014. His legs are still aching but he’s looking forward to two further weekends of this in the future.
Xanthe Weatherhead won the GB Junior trials with her partner. They have subsequently been asked to compete at the Junior European Rowing Championships for GB in Belgium later in May.
Henry Collison competed in the RS Tera Start of Season Championships. He came 5th overall in the RS Tera Sport class, his best national result yet. The Start of Seasons are the first major event of the season so he is hoping to achieve similar if not better results for the rest of this season. His next event is the European Championships in Holland at the end of May.
William Wheeler travelled to Canada in early April to compete in two North American cup ski-cross races and the Canadian National Ski-cross Championships. These were his first international ski-cross races which differ from normal Alpine ski racing as ski-cross involves up to 6 racers at the same time on a course which includes jumps, banked corners, etc. After a couple of days training alongside the Alberta ski-cross team, Will achieved excellent results considering he is the youngest age eligible for international adult ski-cross racing and finished 14th in the Nor-Am races and 16th in the Canadian Champs. These results give him a ranking of 3rd overall in the UK.
Ian Payne has been selected to represent GB in the upcoming World Team Cup in Holland. He will be going as the top junior and stepping up to play in the main draw juniors despite being a quad athlete. The event is only second in status to the Paralympics so it's a major landmark for Ian.
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