In beautiful sunshine and soaring temperatures, hundreds of children from around the country competed at the ISA National Athletics Finals on Monday (19th June) at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham. Compared to last year, the weather was a welcome change but with it came a new challenge.
On one of the hottest days of the year, children from age 9 – 16 put on a real show of outstanding athletic ability, exemplary attitude and sportsmanship that was well placed within an international sports arena, which in the past has been graced by the likes Mo Farah and Jess Ennis.
Spectators were blessed with some remarkable performances and in total 20 national records were broken. High standards were maintained throughout the day, even throughout the relays when the competitors were quite understandably wilting, yet records were still being surpassed.
Regardless of all the outstanding individual and team performances, the day must be remembered for the achievements of all who were there. To qualify for this event is a remarkable achievement and one that every competitor should be very proud of.
The seven Stoke College pupils, from years 4 to 11, all made huge achievements in the regional competition to qualify. They competed in 13 different events and made the college and PE staff very proud.
Stoke won three medals: 2 Silver and 1 Bronze.
Results were as follows:
Year 4 Lilia Long jump 3.54m Silver Medal (only a centimeter behind the winner), 600m 2.05 Minutes
Year 6 Jessica 1.20m High Jump
Year 8 Gabriel 200m 26.55 seconds, He also represented the East Anglia boys relay team and ran a fantastic race in the 2ndleg.
Year 9 Jonty: Discus 24.48m Bronze Medal, Javelin 29.77 Silver Medal
Year 10 Jacob 100m Unfortunately suffered an injury in his race but still finished the race with great determination.
Year 10 Olivia: 800m 2.53.88 minutes, 1500m 5.52.47 minutes
Year 11 Charlie 200m 24.63 seconds, Javelin 30.81m