AFTER months of hard work and preparation in the wet and windy weather the athletes from William Edwards School successfully defended their athletics title on Friday 22nd June at Blackshots Stadium and were proudly crowned Borough Athletic Champions 2012 for the sixth consecutive year!
In similar conditions that they had become accustomed to training and practicing in and faced with some tough competition from other local Schools the students stood tall and rose the challenge as they yet again set a precedence in Schools athletics winning every age category out right!
In a closely fought contest the Year 7 students dug deep taking top spot with an overall winning score of 163 points. Rivals Gable Hall had to settle with second with 151 points and Harris Academy third with 146 points. There were some great performances from the next batch of young stars from the sporting School including a gold medal for Katie Head in the Shot and silver in the Discus. Kimberly Cairns wasn’t far behind Katie as she took the bronze in the Discus. This was followed by some great running by Precious Cole as she took the bronze in the 100m and narrowly missed out on the medals in the 200m.
The Year 7 boys were just as impressive and on the track Muyiwa Osonowo narrowly missed out on the gold in the 200m taking the silver. Daniel Galvin ran an impressive 300m to take the bronze medal and Liam Barnard won silver in the 75m Hurdles. Nick James led from the front in the 800m to claim the top spot as he took the gold medal. In the field events, the boys were just as strong as Callum Newton threw his way to gold in the Javelin. Only centimeters separated Louie Ridgeway from a silver medal in the Discus as he eventually settled for bronze. More medals kept the score board ticking over as Sonnie Wylde won silver and Michael Komolafe bronze in the boys Shot. Nedum Okonyia leapt his way to silver in the Long Jump with an impressive jump of 4.14m.
As the competition began to heat up as did the level of performance and William Edwards Junior team really started to turn the screw on the rest of the opposition. The Junior boys and girls ran out comfortable winners with an overall team score of 260 points beating The Gateway Academy into second place with a score of 136 points and the Grays School into third with 106 points.
Lilly Jewell took the gold in the 200m and silver in the 100m beating big sister Lucy as she took the bronze! Shannon Jameson destroyed the rest of the field in the 75m hurdles winning gold in emphatic style. Gemma Archer-Haley won gold by a country mile in the 1500m. This was equaled by Elle Smith’s performance in the 800m as she also took gold. Dual eventer, Holly Moore took the bronze in the 200m and silver in the Long Jump. Beth James set a new PB in the Long Jump taking gold with a great jump of 4.50m! In the throws Holly Adeniji took the silver the Shot and Bronze in the girls Discus.
The Junior boys team continued in the same fashion and began with both Jake Bailey and Lewis Beard hammering it down the track in the 80m hurdles final. Separated by a whisker, top spot went to Lewis as Jake had to eventually settle for silver. Jake, however got his rewards and was crowned High Jump champion with a great jump of 1.75m taking the gold. Joe Winn wasn’t far behind Jake taking the bronze in the High Jump. Multi eventer James Pearson took the bronze in the Long Jump, silver in the 200m and gold in the Shot. Reece Dunn won gold in the Triple Jump and was closely followed by Joshua Opoosun who took bronze. Billy Kirk threw well in the Javelin as he took the bronze. Rob Evans finished things off with silver in the Discus and Gold in the Hammer.
After the success in the National competition last year many of the boys returned for one last hurrah along with a freshly pumped girl’s team having just competed in the regional finals on the Monday there was only ever going to be one outcome in the Intermediate category. Overall winners for the Inter boys and girls ended with William Edwards scoring 286 points to take the gold. The Gateway Academy second scoring 195 points and Gable Hall third on 146 points.
Chay Clark set things off with a double gold in the 80m Hurdles and High Jump and silver in the Long Jump. Gemma Holloway ran well in both the 1500m and 800m taking gold in both. Just as impressive were Zara Clarke who took the silver in the 800m and Katherine Stephens taking bronze in the 1500m. Georgia Mills got double gold in the 300m and Triple Jump and leapt her way to the bronze in the High Jump. Medals in the throws as well resulted with Charlotte Wright taking bronze and Anne Mitchell silver in the Hammer.
The boys were again just as impressive as the girls. Robbie Clarricoats received double gold in the 100m Hurldes and 200m. Khai Riley-Laborde took the gold in the 100m beating Ross Owen into bronze position. Finally on the track, head boy, Lewis Moore never looked back and led from the front in the 800m taking gold in impressive style. The field events were equally impressive. Tom Head, gold in the Hammer and Shot. Connor Gourley and Jordan Purkiss battled it out in the Javlein with Connor taking gold and Jordan silver. Newly discovered talent Carrick Ryan won silver in the Hammer. Khai Riley-Laborde was in the medals again in the Discus beating Gabriel Imiko who settled for silver. George White returned and took the silver in the High Jump. Finally the highly competitive 4×400 relay to finish off the competition resulted with the Intermediate boys taking the top spot in emphatic style.
Overall points total at the end of the day resulted with the students from William Edwards School retaining their borough crown with a score of 709 points. The Gateway Academy finished second with a score of 426 points and Gable Hall third with 398 points.
Head of PE, Deri Reid at William Edwards School commented on the students achievements. “It’s been another fantastic day for our students and they should all be applauded for their success both individually and as a team. The students faced some tough competition today but managed to deal with the pressure and perform amazingly. We have had another amazing year at the school in terms of sport and credit has to go the staff and students who work tirelessly to ensure that these successes continue. We are lucky enough to have a stream of thorough bread athletes at William Edwards School which is reflected in their achievements. Next week, on Saturday 30th June the Year 8 boys are taking part in the National Athletics Finals at Chelmsford and then the following week six of our students have been chosen to represent the County in the English Schools Finals at Gateshead. Coupled together with the opening of the sports centre at William Edwards, which has also been timed perfectly to coincide with national sports week’s means yet again the School finishes off the year on a massive high”.