London Olympics legacy leads to a boom time for Gloucester athletes
GLOUCESTER Athletic Club are gearing up for perhaps the busiest season in their 130 year history.
The success of the 2012 Olympic Games attracted an influx of youngsters to the club to try their hand at the sport.
The refurbished Blackbridge facility that opened in the autumn has also helped the club prepare for a summer of sporting excellence.
Chairman Andy McKenzie said: "We were expecting a large increase in training numbers after the Olympics, particularly in the younger age groups, so we trained up several existing members and parents to become qualified coaches.
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"But never in our wildest dreams could we have anticipated just how much our numbers would swell"
To cope with the extra demand, the Gloucester club has entered the National Young Development League for the 2013 season to provide competition for the youngsters.
McKenzie added: "One of our main duties as a club is to provide plenty of team competition for all of our members and, by entering the new league, we are increasing the range of competitions available to the youngsters who joined us last year.
"In addition to the Junior Development League, we'll be competing in the Midland Athletics League and the Avon League so it will be a very busy summer."
Two of Gloucester Athletic club's youngest talents competed in the Lee Valley Open Pentathlon competition on Easter Sunday.
Tamsin Doran and Jude Dowdeswell are members of Carlton Blake's multi-events training group at the Gloucester club and both came away with a host of personal best performances.
Results, 60m Hurdles: Tamsin Doran 11.33 secs (PB); Jude Dowdeswell 12.16 (PB)
Long jump: Tamsin Doran 3.53m (PB); Jude Dowdeswell 3.16
Shot Putt: Tamsin Doran 6.00m (PB); Jude Dowdeswell 3.89m (PB)
High Jump: Tamsin Doran 1.16m 9pb); Jude Dowdeswell 1.13m (pb)
800m: Tamsin Doran 3:15.23 (pb); Jude Dowdeswell 3:10.86 (pb)
■ Gloucester Athletic Club trains on Tuesday and Thursday evening at the Blackbridge Jubilee Athletics Track in Podsmead between 6:30-8:00pm. Anyone from the age of seven is welcome. For details, ring 07817 974630.