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Exceptional news from the PE department

Ms K McGonigle, Head of PE

We have some very exciting sporting news this week as three of our athletes have made the English Schools Athletics Squad for Bucks. English Schools is a very prestigious event with only the top athletes in the county being selected to compete against the top athletes in the other counties in the country.

I am delighted to say that Abby Masquelier has been selected for the 75m hurdles, Cerys Vico for the 800m and Anna Croft for the 400m hurdles. They will compete on the 13th and 14th July in Birmingham. We are extremely proud of them and wish them all the best.

In other news we have two students competing for the school in the National School Sailing Competition at Itchenor Sailing Club. Libby and Rosie Thompson were out on the water in the practice race yesterday and have the competitive races today and tomorrow. We are very lucky to have these two competing for us and are wishing them lots of luck. Please see them pictured below.

ENGLISH SCHOOLS ATHLETICS CUP REGIONAL ROUND JUNIOR ATHLETICS TEAM FINISH SECOND WITH HUGE POINTS INCREASE

On Tuesday 12th June the junior athletics team competed in the English Schools Athletics Regional Round in Birmingham. In the Cup athletics students get points for how far they jump/throw or how fast they run. In the County Round of the competition the team scored 293 points so our first aim was to score higher than that in the Regional Round, followed by the second aim of making National Finals.

The day started extremely well with the shot putt going well thanks to Mahima and Polly and the discus even better with Zara Martin securing a PB. Lola Gill and Isla Brown then competed in the high jump finishing joint 2nd in the competition, with a 10cm PB from Isla and Lola equalling her PB. Alexia and Tilly then both threw over 20m in the javelin which was fantastic scoring very highly. With the field events over the half way scores had us joint first with Wycombe High School- all to run for on the track in the afternoon.

The track was started by Isla Brown and Alexia Martin in the hurdles who both won their heats in style- some outstanding hurdling on display. Both Isla, 12.2 seconds, and Alexia 13.2 seconds, got PB’s in their hurdles. Then was the turn of Tilly & Josie in the 1500m, a long tiring race, where both athletes dug deep and gritted their teeth to finish in excellent times scoring good points for the team. Victoria and Mahima then both ran exactly the same time in the 100m – a PB for them bothfollowed by Sienna Drummond and Tia Patel running in the 200m with Sienna finishing 3rd and Tia close behind, some very strong sprinting from our athletes. The penultimate race on the track was the 800m with Lola and Polly competing – both of them really pushed their bodies to the limit and ran outstanding PB’s. Lola ran 2 minutes 47 seconds, cutting 7 seconds off her PB, with Polly running 3 minutes 6 seconds cutting an incredible 24 seconds off her previous PB 3 minutes 30 seconds! All that was left was the relay – get the baton round safely and the team stood a good chance of still being in pole position. Sienna went off quickly on the first leg, passing the baton to Daina who took the back straight well, handing over to Zara who ran an excellent bend, passing over to Tia to bring the baton home. An excellent relay run and then the nervous wait for the final standings.

As the results were read out the girls knew they were 1st or 2nd – and finally they were announced as 2nd place with a total of 369 points; 1st place had 373 points- all very close! What an amazing day of athletics with the key factor being the 69 point increase from round one- this is unheard of and shows how hard the girls have trained and how well they performed on the day. We are very proud of them and all they achieved. We now have to wait for other results to see if our points score qualifies us for a place in Nationals, but either way the main aim of increasing our points was well and truly achieved. The team are pictured below and are Tia Patel, Mahima Sharma, Zara Martin, Sienna Defoe, Polly Lambert, Victoria McMullen, Daina Jenkins, Josy Ward, Alexia Martin, Tilly Crampsie, Isla Brown, Sienna Drummond and Lola Gill.