Congratulations are due to Alfred Saunders, the 13 year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred L. Saunders, of “Jene-dene,” Central Park Rd., Laindon, and to Ivy Diment, aged 14 the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. S. Diment of “Mispah,” Church Lane, Laindon who gained the highest number of points in the Laindon High Road School Sports held’ on Saturday, May 5th.
Master Alfred won the long jump with a leap of 14ft. 9ins., and was first in the 100 yards flat. He is a member of the school football team and champion boy of his house “Shoremen.”
Miss Ivy won the open skipping race, the long jump, and the 85 yards flat race. She jumped 12ft 5ins and did the 100 yards in eleven and four-fifth seconds. She was also a member of the winning relay team. She is already a proud possessor of no less than nine silver medals for various sports performances.
William made the following comment:
On re-reading the news cutting it would appear that either the reporter or the race timekeeper made a mistake in giving a time of 11.8 seconds for the 100 yards.
I do not believe any young girl on an unprepared school sports field could have achieved this at a period when international male sprinters were endeavouring to better 10 seconds.