Thetford athletes shine during Quad Kids series

Thetford AC QuadKidz athletes, from left, Isabel Smythe, Jessica Norkett and Asha Soanes.

Thetford AC QuadKidz athletes, from left, Isabel Smythe, Jessica Norkett and Asha Soanes. - Credit: Submitted

The annual series of Quad Kids athletics competitions ended with a final round of action taking place at King’s Lynn.

The end of the season sees those young athletes who have outperformed their peers, being rewarded with gold, silver or bronze medals for their consistently high level of performance across the four-match series.

Quad Kids is a competition designed by Athletics Norfolk to encourage athletes between school years 4 and 8 to attempt a variety of athletic disciplines with the aim of either supporting them to find the one they excel at and wish to pursue further with their local athletics club or just encouraging the children to keep an open mind about all activities. At each event in the series, the junior athletes have to take part in four activities; a sprint, a middle-distance run, a throwing event and a jumping event. Points from the distances thrown or speeds run in each event are added together to provide an overall score at each individual meeting, with the scores from each of the four meetings added together to find the overall series winners.

The competition is divided into two age categories with Ben Garrod from Thetford AC finishing ninth at King’s Lynn in the category for competitors in school years 6, 7 and 8. However, in the girls’ event for years 6, 7 and 8, Thetford found success with Asha Soanes, who won her age category scoring 238 points. Maddie Rolph finished in fifth position, recording a score of 182 points.

In the boys’ event for children in school years 4 and 5, Charlie Garrod ended the day at King’s Lynn in fourth position. Once again, the girls’ competition resulted in a top three finisher for Thetford with Isabel Smythe coming home in third place with a score of 191 points. Alicia-Mae Howard was just three places further back in sixth spot with 173 points.

Thetford Athletics Club could boast three overall medal winners at the end of the Quad Kids series through Jessica Norkett, Asha Soanes and Isabel Smyth.