ATHLETICS: Delight for Donovan at the ‘Shotacular’

Holbeach Youth Club - indoor shot put competition run by Geoff Capes' academy
Juniors round
Holbeach Youth Club - indoor shot put competition run by Geoff Capes' academy Juniors round
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Geoff Capes was pleased with the success of the first indoor shot put competition held in Lincolnshire.

Holbeach Youth Club was the venue for ‘Shotacular’ last Sunday, hosted by England Athletics and Lincolnshire Throws Academy.

Holbeach Youth Club - indoor shot put competition run by Geoff Capes' academy
Juniors round

Holbeach Youth Club - indoor shot put competition run by Geoff Capes' academy Juniors round

Throwers from all over the country attended from under-13 to seniors.

Former Commonwealth Games champion Capes said: “We had 35 competitors and it was a real success.

“This is a grade one listed event so anybody can put the results towards the major championships as well.

“The youth club did a tremendous job supporting the academy and the event.

“They even made sure we had Lincolnshire sausages along with teas, coffees and other refreshments!

“As an acedemy, we have six or seven monthly gatherings and we run events including the England Athletics outdoor competition held at Stoke 
Rochford in May.

“The indoor event was a super day and we need to have these facilities.”

Capes’ grandson Donovan was a favourite for the under-13 boys title and he impressed all with his first throw over 10 metres.

He threw a huge 10.65m which now ranks him second nationally which is another one-metre improvement from last time out at the end of his first-ever indoor season.

Academy athlete Sophie McKenna, who competed at an international event the day before in Birmingham, won the senior ladies competition with 16.63m.

Holbeach’s Ben Stevens (under-20) was among those who improved his personal best. Academy youngster Christian Archer won the under-15 boys event.