Schools Shine At Sportshall Finals

26th March 2013

sportshall action

Enfield girls clinched gold for the second year running at the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games schools finals on Tuesday 26 March after triumphing in the Year 8 Sportshall Athletics finals.

The team competition, made up of 11 athletics events including standing long jump, triple jump, vertical jump, shot put, speed bounce, paarlauf and relays, provided plenty of excitement at the National Sports Centre in Crystal Palace.

But it was Enfield, victors in the Year 7 competition last year, who stole the show once again.

The north Londoners, from Bishop Stopford School, amassed 274 points to take the top spot ahead of silver medallists Richmond - from Grey Court School, (258 points), whilst Hammersmith & Fulham - represented by Hammersmith Academy - secured bronze with a tally of 246.

Melanie Harrison, Enfield Team Manager was delighted with her team’s performance, particularly in the field events. She said:

“We didn’t do too badly on the track but I think we just killed the field. We won it last year so it’s really good to win two years in a row. We came here expecting nothing less as the girls have been training hard every day for the last three weeks. They are dedicated and motivated and work really hard."

Havering girls, from Cooper Company and Coburn, meanwhile took gold in a hard fought battle in the Year 7 Sportshall competition, after finishing jointly on 258 points alongside Bromley’s Langley Park.

The East London borough looked on form as they took maximum points in the first two races of the day. They were awarded gold after amassing fewer faults.

“I was delighted for the girls, and it was such a shock to win,” said Havering Team Manager Shona Barrett. “We competed well on the track but in the field events it was very much an open book, so I’m very pleased.

“We have always worked hard at our indoor athletics and we have a strong team this year. This will hopefully encourage the girls to keep going with their athletics, especially as we approach the outdoor season.”

St Paul’s Academy from Greenwich comfortably won gold in the boys Year 7 competition, scoring an impressive 298 points – 57 points clear of Southwark, represented by Walmouth School. Bronze went to Ernest Bevin from Wandsworth (236).

Jason White, Greenwich Team Manager was overjoyed with his team after all the hard work they had put in.

“I’m ecstatic, the boys did really well,” he said. ”They trained hard for this and worked really hard on the day. I came here thinking we’d do well, and I was hoping for a podium finish, but they’ve done even better than I imagined and deserved what they got.

“They are a talented bunch and they’ve had a great experience - I’m sure they can’t wait to get back to school and show off what they’ve won.”

Brent took the final gold of the day, winning the Year 8 boys' competition. Participating in the event for the first time, the team from Ark Academy scored 271 points to reach the top of the podium ahead of the Year 7 winners last year from Greenwich - Thomas Tallis School (254 points).

Grey Court School from Richmond - silver medallists last year - scored their second Sportshall medal of the day with Year 8 boy’s bronze (243 points).

Stephen O’Carroll, Brent Team Manager said: “We were just happy to be here, so to win is amazing. I’m really proud of the boys.

"They push each other on and genuinely have a work ethic – they do extra training, they ask questions, and they come and practice. I think the win will create a big buzz going into the outdoor season.

“This sort of event is absolutely vital - this is what we need especially post-Olympics. This is what the London legacy is all about.”