Records tumble as speed stacking championships come to Stevenage

Matthew Robinson

Matthew Robinson - Credit: Archant

Records tumbled when a national speed stacking event was held in Stevenage on last weekend.

A delighted Sophie Godfrey with her haul of medals.

A delighted Sophie Godfrey with her haul of medals. - Credit: Archant

The growing craze saw the first UK Sport Stacking Championships, held at Nobel School.

Proud Hitchin mum Suzie Godfrey, whose nine-year old daughter Sophie won three gold medals in her age category, told the Comet: “Although the competition environment was very challenging, Sophie managed to secure three gold medals in the nine to 10 female category.

“We are so proud of her efforts and for remaining strong and in control on the day.”

William Ransom Primary School pupil Sophie added: “I had a great day and it was fun to meet other stackers from around the UK.”

Sophie Godfrey's three Speed Stacking golds.

Sophie Godfrey's three Speed Stacking golds. - Credit: Archant

Nobel School student Matthew Robinson, of Stanley Road in Stevenage, won a bronze medal in the 11 to 12 male category.

The 12-year-old said: “I’ve only been playing for about three months, so I am really pleased I won a medal because I put a lot of practice in.”

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Tournment director Roger Acraman said: “Saturday was fantastic. It was buzzing.

“The kids couldn’t wait to get through the door, and it was a job to get them off the warm up tables and into the competition. It was pleasing to see so many dedicated speed stackers. We think we got 39 new UK records on the day. All the competitors were great including Sophie Godfrey who did very well.

“We’ve had great support from the Stevenage mayor Sherma Batson.

“Despite having a very busy schedule she promised to come along and present the awards – and she stayed true to her word.

“I’d also like to say thanks to Nobel School for hosting the event, and PE coordinator Helen Foy and her 15 volunteers. They worked so hard.”