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On the 20th of July 2021, the school’s annual sports day was conducted on our field. Despite the sweltering heat, it was a day for pupils, and teachers, to relax from the enervating school work, distract themselves from COVID pressures and for everyone to get active. All the students took part in events from fielding to track. Each student contributed their strengths in each event to gather the most points for their forms, even nonathletic students joined in rather enthusiastically.

Throughout the morning, those who were competing in fields events went out to their appointed areas ready to defy the odds and acquire points for a glorious win. The performance on that day was very impressive and several records were broken.

The Long Jump record, previously held by M.Bennett at 4.32m in 2013, was broken by Chloe Fields in year 7 at 4.60m and Jess Frick, in year 8, at 4.70m. Another record broken was the Year 8 boys  Triple Jump by Saul Hopper with a length of 10.44m, previously set by Mr Randman, during his time as a Year 8 student, with a jump of 9.95m. Other records were set in the shot putt, set by H.McCartney in 2017 at 10.29m, broken by Konrad Kupiz in Year 10 while Aleyshia Pycock in Year 10 by 21.65m broke the 2006 record of 19.8m by G.Lewis.

 

As the sports-filled day progressed to the afternoon, so did the tension. The years 7s  to 10s  gathered on the field to start the track events, with some Year 11 volunteers. Regardless of the weather, everyone was primed for the first race and to cheer on fellow students in their designated form areas. Some would say the merriment of the students could be heard from Tokyo. Two competitors were chosen for the boys 400m, girls 300m, 200m, 100m, girls’ relay and boys’ relay. This year an extra race was added that had never been done before, the mixed relay. The mixed relay was comprised of two boys and two girls that were not partaking in any other relays. In each year the forms with the fastest time were 7B with a time of 1minute and 6 seconds, 8HF at 1minute 1 second, 9P with 59.30 seconds and 10C with 58.12 seconds.

 

As the exhilarated day, full of laughter, sweat and tears, came to a close, the points were added up and results were in.

Year 7, 7M won with a total of 198

Year 8, 8A won with a total of 176

Year 9, 9CR won with a total of 194

Year 10, 10H won with a total of 186

This sports day is a day that can not be forgotten as it gave everyone a chance to experience regularity and for the school to come together as one, again.

Special mentions have to go to the following students, who were recognised as the outstanding performers in their respective year groups due to their success in both track and field events across the day.

Name

Year

Events/ Positions

Points achieved for their form

Chloe Fields

7B

Long Jump – 1st 300m – 1st  200m – 1st

24/24

Henry Vear

7J

Discuss – 1st 400m – 1st 100m – 1st

24/24

Jess Frick

8HF

Long Jump – 1st  200m – 1st  Triple Jump – 1st

24/24

Saul Hopper

8SR

Triple Jump – 1st Long Jump – 2nd 100m – 1st

23/24

Alex Dunkley

9W

Long Jump -2nd Triple Jump -1st 200m – 2nd

400m – 1st

30/32

Holly Giles

9W

Shot Putt – 2nd 300m – 1st  200m – 3rd

21/24

Emma Eastham

10C

Long Jump – 1st Triple Jump – 1st  200m – 1st  100m – 2nd

31/32

Dilian Jaggernauth

10H

100m – 2nd  200m – 1st Triple Jump – 2nd  Long Jump – 4th

27/32

Written by Yemisi Akande 9P