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School Sport: Coopers athletes enjoy ‘huge week’

PUBLISHED: 08:00 12 July 2017

Coopers Coborn's junior girls were crowned national champions in Oxford, while the intermediate girls were runners-up

Coopers Coborn's junior girls were crowned national champions in Oxford, while the intermediate girls were runners-up

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Pupils win national, county and district titles

Coopers Coborn won three of the four year groups at the district athletics competitionCoopers Coborn won three of the four year groups at the district athletics competition

Coopers Coborn pupils enjoyed “a huge week” in athletics with outstanding performances in National, District, Essex and English Schools Championships.

Leading the way were the junior girls, intermediate girls and intermediate boys, who competed in Oxford at the National Track & Field Cup Finals.

Over 600 schools in each age group had battled to qualify for the top 12, with Coopers’ junior girls being crowned national champions with 521 points, the highest total ever recorded at the event.

The intermediate girls finished as runners-up, while the boys were eighth overall.

Coopers Coborn won the year seven boys' title at the district athletics competitionCoopers Coborn won the year seven boys' title at the district athletics competition

Coopers then provided 21 of Havering’s 40 athletes at the Essex Championships, gaining six medals.

Chloe Brand and Natalie Sewell won 1,500m golds and Paige Robinson picked up a gold medal in her 70m hurdles race.

In the 200m, Mia Filipiak grabbed silver, while Sean Emeka Ugwuadu claimed bronze in the long jump and Sean Tarima took bronze in the 800m.

At district level, Coopers claimed five of the eight age group titles on offer, winning the year seven girls’ and boys’ events, the year eight and nine girls’ competitions and the overall girls’ title. Upminster’s Sacred Heart took the year 10 girls’ honours.

Coopers pupil Alice Brown won discus bronze at the English Schools' ChampionshipsCoopers pupil Alice Brown won discus bronze at the English Schools' Championships

Six Coopers pupils then went to represent Essex at the prestigious English Schools’ in Birmingham, with their best performer being Alice Brown who won bronze in the junior girls’ discus.

Lola Kuponiyi narrowly missed out on a podium place, coming fourth in the junior girls’ shot, while Mayowa Osunsami was sixth in the senior boys’ hurdles and Ben Davis was sixth in the steeplechase.

Steph Howe finished 11th in the senior girls’ hammer and Brad James was 15th in the junior boys’ javelin.

Further afield, Coopers pupil Jess Smith represented the Catholic Schools Sports Federation of Great Britain at the FISEC World Championships in Italy, picking up three medals.

Coopers pupil Jess Smith won medals for Great Britain in ItalyCoopers pupil Jess Smith won medals for Great Britain in Italy

Smith won bronze in the 100m and 300m hurdles, while also taking silver in the discus, helping the British team to finish second overall.

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