On Friday 22nd May our team of athletes competed at the South Leicestershire Area Sports at Saffron Lane Stadium.
The competition involves 10 senior schools and athletes are from years 7 to year 11. Stoneygate can of course only send athletes from years 7 and 8. The year 7 children compete against other year 7s but the year 8s are up against year 8 AND 9 and most schools bring along a year 9 team! It’s tough! Schools are allowed to enter 2 athletes into each event, each person entering 1 event only, plus a relay. So, the maximum athletes in each event could possibly be 20.
So much is gained from taking part in this competition. It is, without doubt, so worthwhile. The atmosphere, the nerves, the noise and on top of all that, trying to achieve your best with 100s of people watching is a lot to over come! All the children who take part at this competition ‘grow’ in their sporting experience. How valuable!
All schools, apart from Stoneygate, have teams of 70-plus athletes and of course have plenty to choose from but our tiny team of 19 athletes had some real stars! We were excited and very nervous at the prospect of the athletics arena! The athletics programme began at 10am and finished at 5pm. We were well supplied with lunches, flapjack and water and plenty of jelly sweets!
All Stoneygate’s superb results are written here but it must be noted that we came away with 2 Area Champions:
– Gracie in the U’13 Javelin – she threw 18.75m (400g javelin)
– Molly in the U’13 Shot Put – she threw 6.99m (3kg shot)
Both girls will now be invited to represent South Leicestershire at the County Championships, due to take place on Saturday 13th June. Qualification for these Championships is difficult as in the field events athletes have to win at area level. Good luck girls!
Also, four of our sprinters fought very hard to progress through their heats and reach the final of their respective 100/200m. Well done to Eloise, Francesca, Henry B and Rhys who did so well to make the top 8 in the sprints as these races are always so highly contested.
Field Events –
Gracie – 1st Javelin (18.75m) – U’13
Molly – 1st Shot Put (6.99m) – U’13
Arjun – 15th Javelin – U’13
Finley – 10th High Jump (1.30m) – U’15
Fran – 7th Long Jump (3.60m) -U’15
Track Events –
Clemmie – 7th 1200m – U’13
Pippa – 11th 1200m – U’13
Eleanor – 6th 800m – U’13
Antonia – 7th 800m – U’13
Jake – 9th 1500m – U’13
Archie – 5th 100m heat – U’13
Henry H – 5th 100m heat – U’13
Eloise – Heat 200m – 3rd / Final 7th – U’13
Francesca – Heat 100m – 4th / Final 4th – U’13
Henry B – Heat 100m – 4th / Final 7th
Rhys – Heat 200m – 2nd / Final 7th
U’13 Girls (Gracie, Eloise, Francesca and Eleanor) – 5th
U’13 Boys (Rhys, Henry B, Henry H and Archie) – 7th
U’15 Girls (Joni, Annie, Hattie G and Fran) – 7th
A fantastic day! Well done to every one of the Stoneygate athletes!
Mrs Frisby, Mrs Ward, Mr Clancy and Mrs McSweeny