Kingsley School pupils had the honour of being part of the ISA National Athletics finals on Monday, which were held at the athletics stadium within the Etihad Stadium complex and the home of Manchester City Football Club. The athletics track was also used as part of the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002.
Kingsley was amongst 147 other schools from across all seven regions of the ISA organisation, with hundreds of pupils from Years 4 to 13 taking part after all the competitors had qualified for the finals from their regional championships.
For our Kingsley pupils, this was the culmination of an outstanding Athletics season for the team, who have all grown in confidence after competing in the North Devon League and Devon Schools Championships, plus the ISA Championships, which took place in Exeter in May.
The ISA Athletics Championships is now in its 57th year of competition, with this event being one of the main highlights in the sporting calendar for the ISA. This was also evident in the phenomenal standard of the athletes competing across the events.
Our team produced phenomenal performances in the arena, and we should all be incredibly proud of the determination and courage demonstrated throughout their events.
Our first competitor was Year 8, Maddie, who took on the 1500m. Maddie ran a consistent race over the four laps and had a strong finish getting 6.03 on the clock to finish in a creditable ninth place overall.
In year 7, Elise then equally ran a superb first lap in the 800m, holding to the leaders right to the last 100m and finished in a remarkable 5th place in an excellent time of 2.55. Elise had also qualified for the Shot Putt final for the year 7 girls. Elise finished in fifth place with a best throw of 5:54m.
Leo then jumped into action with the Year 8/9 High Jump final; this was a very high standard with some amazingly fantastic technical jumps competing. Again, Leo held his own with four great jumps matching his season-best of 150cm to finish in a very respectable fourth place.
The day ended with Maddie being invited to join the Southwest girls 4×100 relay team in the year’s 8/9 final. Maddie ran a solid second leg playing a vital part in the team, eventually finishing in seventh place.
We created some amazing memories from this event for our pupils, from the impressive arena to the standard of athletics on display which will have given our pupils a massive boost in confidence as they continue to build their own sports journey to success.
We look forward to developing the Athletics team next year and once again building on the sporting potential of our pupils.
Mr Simon Ward