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Beagles’ Asha meets the next generation of Newham athletes

PUBLISHED: 14:30 01 March 2018

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Minithon success for Mundle’s youngsters

Asha Philip met the youngsters at Lee ValleyAsha Philip met the youngsters at Lee Valley

Newham & Essex Beagles sprint star Asha Philip met up with some of the club’s potential stars on Saturday at the latest minithon event at Lee Valley.

While the rest of us froze outside, there was a warm front at Lee Valley as 16 of the Beagles Foundation squad took part in the competition among a field of 340.

And for Olympic 4x100m relay bronze medalist Philip, it was a nervy moment as Beagles coach Tim Mundle related.

“I have known Asha since she first started athletics and I have to say she is one of the noisiest people I have ever met. But when she was going to make a speech to all the youngsters she froze,” said Mundle.

“After that she was brilliant. She had photos and chatted with so many youngsters and must have been doing that for an hour. Then she came over and had a picture with the Beagles youngsters.”

Newham have taken on a new section of youngsters from year three to seven who have joined via the London Stadium track and it has given them a boost in talent.

Many were taking part for the first time and they all excelled in the competition, where athletes chose three events to take part in.

In the year three category, Sonali Pasco competed in the 60 metres, 200 metres and the turbo javelin and won a gold medal.

At year four and five, Jeremiah Oham won gold in the 60m, long jump and 200m, while Romero Newton-Waite claimed a bronze, competing in the 200m, 600m and turbo javelin, while there were some fine performances among the girls too.

Grace Ring won bronze for her 60m, long jump and 200m and was matched by Mary Akanki, who did 60m, 60m hurdles and the long jump, while Abigail Ashwaju did 60m, 200m and long jump for another bronze medal.

There were more bronzes for Mini Israel-Oluida and Oriana Mpanzu, while Lilia Hector did the 200m, turbo javelin and vertical jump to win silver.

Omari Bailey completed the age group and recorded a personal best in the 200m on the way to a silver medal.

For the year six and seven athletes there was plenty more experience and plenty of golds.

Karis Wilson got things started with a gold, while there were bronzes for Chenoa Acquah and Sarah Campbell and a gold for Mo Israel-Oluida.

There was also gold for both Christopher Thompson and Ossari Acquah to complete an excellent day for the Beagles.

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