Superb Performances at RBWM Athletics
This year two teams were entered into the RBWM Athletics Year 7 and 8 competitions, to enable all girls who attended the club to enjoy the experience of competition.
Miss Jo Cox, Head of PE gives us an account of their performance:
Not even schools with over 200 girls in a year group entered two teams, and for this I was really proud of how all the girls stepped up to the challenge and took to it like a duck on water. The Year 7 and 8 team qualified through to the Finals of the RBWM athletics competition even though on both fixtures the strongest team was not available due to illness and the ISA National Finals being on the same day. The girls qualified in third place (the top four teams qualify) and competed against: Newlands, Holyport and Charters.
At the finals the girls were simply exceptional. We unfortunately did have a couple of girls who missed out in a few events due to injury yet the whole squad really performed to their best, and on another day we really could have taken the title. Claires Court girls finished in second place, a mere seven points behind Newlands who have a pool of 400 girls to select from for this event compared to Claires Court’s 60. It was a very comfortable second place finish as the third place school were over 30 points behind. The outstanding performer of the day was Rachel Okoro winning both her long jump and 200m with absolute ease. Congratulations to the entire squad.
The Year 9 & 10 competition unfortunately clashed with the ISA Regional round (day before the ISA event) and so because of this, we didn’t enter the second series of fixtures and thus did not qualify through to the finals as we felt we needed to rest the girls to ensure they were at their peak for the ISA event. There were however some superb performances at the first fixture, and I am convinced the girls would have qualified if not for the clash of fixtures, there are unfortunately not enough days in the Summer Term for all of these competitions!! Congratulations to all girls involved!