TWO young neighbours and members of Stafford Apex Swim Club were among the awards after competing in two events in 2004 (see our Those Were The Days sporting feature).
Keira Wilkinson and Olivia Till, aged eight, both lived in the same Wildwood road and were pupils at Barnfields Primary.
It was at the Staffordshire Championships that Keira came away with four gold, two silver and one bronze age group medal. She also achieved four county records.
At the Stafford Schools’ gala she broke the 25m backstroke record that had stood for some time.
Meanwhile, Olivia took five gold medals at the Apex Junior gala, while Keira won four golds. Olivia was Apex’s junior swimmer of the year the previous year.
On the Stafford Sunday Football League scene, second division Lamb failed to win a single league game, yet reached the divisional trophy final after defeating mid-table West Way Flights in a penalty shoot out.
Down at Marston Road, Rangers Youth team picked up silverware after running out 4-1 winners over arch rivals Hednesford Town in the Staffs FA Floodlit Youth Cup, goals from Richard Miller (two), Nick Buckley and Steve Hopkinson The young Boro squad were also through to the Premier Division League Cup final at the time.
There was a damp and dismal start on the local cricket scene in 2004, but Stafford CC firsts held out for the draw against Crewe in their North Staffs and South Cheshire League opener. Crewe opened and reach 192-9 with Sean Connolly and Mark Smallman both picking up three wickets. In reply, Stafford managed 102-9. with Steve Knighton hitting 69 not out.
At the annual JK International Orienteering Festival, the Walton Chasers senior ladies’ trio of Beth Clayton, Carol Dredge and Ianka Evans finished an excellent second. Just out of the medals were the junior ladies team of Jo and Amy Thompson and Emily Garside who were fourth.
On the golf front, Katrina Holford (Ingestre Park) kept up her superb record in the Staffs County Girls’ Championship making it four consecutive titles, so equalling Lisa Hackney’s proud record.