Havering claim athletics gold
PUBLISHED: 12:26 03 July 2012
Youngsters shine at Youth Games
Havering’s Ardleigh Green Junior School won gold in the Quadkids athletics at the London Youth Mini Games.
Joint winners of the Year 5/6 Sportshall competition at Crystal Palace in March, they returned for outright victory at the weekend.
Teams of up to 10 athletes compete across races over 75m and 600m, plus the standing long jump and howler throw.
And star performers for Ardleigh Green included Bradley Gale and Harry Scawthorn who finished equal second in the individual boys’ standings.
Melanie Snelling, deputy headteacher at Ardleigh Green said: “We’re absolutely delighted with this, we had a wonderful day. We started our training about six weeks ago and it’s been a lot of hard work.
“It was great to come to Crystal Palace, fantastic for the kids to experience it and a brilliant opportunity for them. We’ll be back next year and trying to retain our title!”
Havering Year 8/9 girls came away with a superb team silver after a high class competition.
St Edwards’ student Naomi Browne cleared 1.50m to win the high jump event, while Havering Mayesbrook’s Modupe Shokunbi overcame a lane eight draw to reach the 200m final and ran a splendid race to take silver.
Completing the seven-strong team were Katie Dawson (300m, fifth), Annie Maguire (long jump, sixth), Chioma Abaizie (shot, fifth), Heidi Surman-Wells (800, eighth) and Coopers pupil Emma Sharp, who threw over 22m in javelin but finished just outside the medals.
For the boys, Thomas Pitkin ran strongly to make the 400m final, but Benjamin Ellis and Sean Wilson were unlucky not to make their finals.
St Edwards’ students Kellechie Okarie and Olla Abeye also contributed in wet and windy conditions, while Coopers duo Segun Oronti (shot) and George Daly (javelin) also threw well in a fine team performance.