Scottish Athletics Grand Prix Hammerama Final – Saturday 17th September 2011

Edinburgh Athletic Club interest was thin on the ground for the final of the 4 match grand prix series.

Scotland’s Number 1 female thrower, Susan McKelvie wasn’t present due to a prior engagement, but was awarded the Paddy Ryan Memorial Trophy for Consistency of Performance throughout 2011. Susan has had a fantastic season and her solitary appearance at Hammerama in July produced a throw of 61.61m, the longest female throw of the series. Susan finished the year ranked 4th in the UK, having extended her PB by over 3m to 65.03m at the McCain UK Challenge Final in August. Susan retained her senior Scottish title, picked up a bronze at the Loughborough International and won her first UK Women’s League Premier Division at Meadowbank with a throw of 62.65m. She has also exceeded the National Squad matrix standard of 62m on a staggering 7 occasions.

In the Under 18 event, Kelly Bodley finished 3rd in the series with a cumulative tally of 123.95m for her best 3 throws. Kelly went over 40m for the first time this year, extending her PB by over 4m to 43.85m when she picked up bronze at the Scottish School’s Championships. Kelly’s best result of the season was winning silver at the Scottish U18 Inter Regional Championships.

Also in the Under 18 event, Kimberley Reed finished 1st with a cumulative total for her best 3 throws of 160.44m which was also the top total for all women, beating Mhairi Porterfield (150.78) and Rachel Hunter(150.72) into second and third by nearly 10m. Kimberley was awarded the Yuri Sedykh Crystal Trophy for commitment, performance and potential for the second year running. Kimberley has had an amazing season and the following are highlights:

 Scottish National U18 Open: Winner

Scottish National U20 Open: Winner

Commonwealth Games Scotland Athlete of the Month for May

Scottish Schools Championships: Gold in Hammer, British U17 Record for hammer, recipient of the Allan Quaich Trophy for excellence in Hammer and the Frances Barker Shield, for the Most Meritorious Girls Performance.

England Athletics U20 Championships: Bronze

World Youth Championships: 2nd in Qualifying Group B, 10th in Final.

Schools International: Gold. Championship Best Performance

Scottish YAL Final: Gold. Championship Best Performance. Athlete of the Match award.

Scottish U18 Championships: Gold

Scottish U20 Championships: Silver

Celtic Games: Gold

England Athletics U17 AAA Championships: Gold

Scottish Inter Regional Championships: Gold

UK School games: Gold. Championship Best Performance.

Commonwealth Youth Games: Silver

Scottish Hammer Grand Prix: U18 and Overall Female Winner,

U18 Grand Prix Record
Yuri Sedykh Crystal Trophy for commitment, performance and potential.

Kimberley has performed a Grand Slam of every UK level competition at U17 and U18 level. She has also won medals in every competition she has entered with the exception of the World Youth Championships.

The multi-talented Natalie Robbins took part in her first hammer competition. In addition to excelling in sprints, shot and discus, Natalie has added hammer to her list of talents by throwing the 2kg hammer a distance of 36.08m, the longest throw by an U13 athlete in the UK this year. Natalie also threw the 3kg implement a distance of 31.44m, a distance which places the 12 year old 6th in Scotland at U15 this year. All this after only 4 or 5 sessions with coach Alan Bertram.

The future is bright!

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