Medals Galore at the ISA Nationals
On a very warm and sticky day athletes from across Claires Court went to the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham to represent London West in the ISA National Athletics Championships. This was a fantastic opportunity for the pupils to compete against athletes from all over the country. The action packed day involved some wonderful performances and lots of fond memories, with many medals being won. We are pleased to announce the overall results meant the London West area topped the table in first place! You can read the individual reports below:
Thirteen boys took part and all returned with a medal, bringing home twelve golds, one silver and two bronzes.
In Year 4 William Dart competed in two individual events, narrowly missing out on a medal in the 60m sprint finishing 4th, however this did not stop him as he went on to win a convincing gold medal in the 600m in a time of 1.53.84, only narrowly missing out on a national record by 0.4 second. Ben Savage won a silver medal in the cricket ball throw with a distance of 36.96m. The Year 4 relay team of William, Dart, Tommy Beever, Jake Hyslop and Hugo Winter also came home with a silver medal just being pipped to gold on the line.
In Year 5, two individual medals were won. Jamie Smith with a commanding performance in the 150m with a time of 21.71, also just missing a national record by 0.71 seconds. Finn Keylock also won gold in the cricket ball throw with a distance of 45.86m. The Year 5 relay team of Jamie Smith, Finn Keylock, Oscar Helm, George Crowe pulled out one of the performances of the day winning gold and setting a national record in the process.
The Year 6 boys, Robbie Jones and Samuel Jackson, both competed superbly well in the cricket ball throw and long jump, respectively. Both narrowly missing out on the medals finishing in fourth place. These athletes were joined by Harrison Sands and Saul Lopez-Guisado in the Year 6 relay team that went on to win the bronze medal.
The team from Junior Girls put in some sterling performances will all eight girls bringing home a medal adding a further eight silvers and one bronze to the tally. Amelie Helm secured two, a silver in the relay and bronze in the long jump.
Five boys went to the event, with four returning with medals, three gold, two silver, two bronze.
Our congratulations go to:
Ben Morgan (Year 7) gold in the 100m and 4 x 100m relay; silver in the Long Jump.
Tom Molhoek (Year 7) bronze in the 200m and gold in the 4 x 100m relay.
Byron Ewing (Year 9) silver in the 4 x 100m relay.
Finn Memery (Year 10) bronze in the high jump.
Congratulations to the eight Senior Girls who travelled Birmingham who all came back with medals (8 gold, 6 silver) and five of the team were crowned national champions.
Freya Wilson won the 1500m race and shortly afterwards (and whilst still feeling ill) won the 70m hurdles on a photo finish. She also won a silver in the relay. Fellow Year 7, Yasmin Paton, won two silver medals in the 800m and relay running a smart race in what was one of the hottest days of the year. Year 8 Rachel Okoro was selected for the relay and ran the last leg like a true professional claiming the gold for her team.
Annabelle Ruinet (75m hurdles) and Lana Wallis (Year 9) both won a silver in their event in impressive displays of composure against top class opposition, they maintained their focus and put in tremendous effort to secure the silver medal.
Year 10 performers Cleo Sloggett won two golds (TJ, relay) jumping a personal best on the day which was fabulous to witness and Izzy Byrne picked up a gold in the relay after narrowly missing out on bronze and silver in a photographic finish which could have gone either way it was that close.
Year 11 Robyn Watkins ran the 800m, relay and 200m picking up a silver and two golds respectively. It was really quite sad to see Robyn in her last ISA National Finals after being selected every year to compete in the Nationals since she joined Claires Court in Year 7. Robyn is a superb athlete.
At the end of the day, the overall results were calculated, with the London West area (of which CC were a prominent figure) topping the table in first place. Congratulations to all!