Lower School athletes impress at the IAPS Athletics Championships

Last Friday saw Lower School athletes compete at the IAPS Athletics Championships held at Bedford Stadium. The event was attended by up to 1300 athletes representing 60 schools.

Director of Athletics, Mr Tref Vandoros tells us more:

“The first of the highlights included a dramatic race in the Girls U13 1500m, with Form 1 pupil Flo giving her all to achieve Bronze and a personal best of 5 min 19 sec.

Form 1 pupil, Monica, reached the final in the Hurdles and came 6th; and Second Former Ruben also ranked 6th overall in the U14 Boys 100m.

Form 2 pupil, Epiphany, psyched herself up to run as fast and efficiently as she could in the Girls U14 200m race, and won her heat. In the final she fought bravely for 4th place. Form 2 pupil Gabi competed strongly in her heat of the Girls U14 300m, achieving 2nd place, but narrowly missed out on the Nationals by 0.3 of a second.

Form 1 pupil, Ernie, achieved 1st place and a PB in the U12 800m. An exceptional effort even if he did make it look easy and had energy and breath to spare at the end of the race.

The U14 Girls Relay team finished in 3rd place in the heats and ran in the final at the end of the day. With a few key coaching points, the girls ran an impressive race and were placed 2nd by 0.1 of a second (55.8sec).

In the field events, Form 2 pupil Georgina showed that time, effort and persistence pays off by throwing a PB of 22.3m in the Discus, putting her in Gold medal position.

Finally Form 1 pupil Charlotte cruised to an awesome victory in the U13 800m and then finished with an outstanding 135m jump in the High Jump,  earning her two Gold medals.

It was an exceptional day for Junior Oakham Athletics and it was a privilege to watch not only the hard work, determination and dedication of the pupils but also the support they gave each other. It was an incredible experience for them and they demonstrated outstanding athletic skills. Well done everyone.”

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