Young Athletes Win Promotion to Premier Division
A combined team of U20 and U17 athletes from Coventry Godiva and Leamington C&AC fought off stiff competition from 5 other teams to win the Midlands NE Promotion match and gain promotion to the Midlands North East Premier Division. To qualify for the promotion match the composite team won their league beating teams from Milton Keynes and Northampton amongst others. The match was contested between the winners of each league and the three existing Premier league teams facing relegation. Throughout it’s first year as a combined team Leamington C&AC and Coventry Godiva performed consistently well and finished the promotion match 81 points ahead of their nearest competitors Charnwood.
41 youngsters competed on the day with 19 athletes winning (often multiple) events and 6 winning relay teams providing an incredibly strong finish to the competition. Many also achieved standards recognised by the Amateur Athletics Association including Jai Sispal 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles & 2km steeplechase, Drew Sinnott long jump & javelin, Cameron Williams-Stein pole vault, high jump & discus, Stephen Baffour & Matthew French in both 100m & 200m, Jess Starling & Findlay Douglas 400m, Esther Adikpe 200m & 400m, Pierce Clisham 800m & 1500m, Matthew Ashbourne shot, Holly Bates 300m, Alys Clarke pole vault & shot, Freya Bennett 800m, Lydia Mitchell and Lauren Ashbourne in javelin. The team, co-managed by Katharine Stein (LCAC) & Sally Eldridge (Coventry Godiva), look forward to taking on the Midlands Premier League in 2020.