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These ten quad kids athletes have pulled off the biggest sporting coup in the school’s history! Words cannot really describe the pride we feel for these pupils in their efforts today but I will give it a go…

They won the right to represent Derbyshire Dales at the Derbyshire School Games from a previous round held at Lady Manners School last month and represent they did!

Quad Kids Athletics consists of a 75m sprint, standing long jump, howler javelin throw and a 600m run. Points are scored next to the times and distances recorded.

The Derbyshire School Games brings together sporting talent from all across the districts of Derbyshire. Amber Valley, Chesterfield, High Peak, Bolsover, Derby, Erewash, South Derbyshire, Amber Valley and North East Derbyshire all send teams in a variety of sports to this mini Olympic type event. This year it was held at Mount St. Mary’s College near Sheffield.

An opening ceremony with dancing, a School Games oath and special words from Olympic cyclist Nikki Brammier was followed by all of the young athletes departing to their events, such as Cyclocross, Rounders, Kwik Cricket and Athletics among others. Over 1000 young athletes take part in the day.

George Padden, Jake Robson and Alec Sheppard all recorded huge personal bests in their 600m run, running under 2 minutes 10 seconds for the first time. Noah Haines and Asinja Lourie both excelled in their favoured sprint event whilst recording very respectable times in their 600m. Sound throwing and a brilliant Standing Long Jump rounded off an outstanding performance from all of the boys, where they exceeded or matched their previous bests.

The girls, Anna Mageste, Tia Bulica, Maya Jurska, Phoebe Tilsley and Maggie Welsh proved that they are some of the best all round athletes in Derbyshire with a stunning display of power, determination, wisdom and panache worthy of an Olympic final.

They completed a whitewash of five stand out individual wins in the 75m, leaving their rivals for dust. Anna produced a huge 2 meter jump in the Long Jump backed up by high scores from her team mates. In the 600m, Maggie led from gun to tape with a fantastic solo front run. Maya won her heat in a dazzlingly powerful sprint finish from 200m to go, passing four rivals in the process and winning by 20m! Phoebe kept a cool head in her 600m, settling into her running on the first lap and gliding away to victory in an incredibly fast sub 2 minutes. Tia proved her gymnastic strength is not her only talent sending her Javelin soaring to 25m+.

All of the children listened to feedback, helped members of other teams with disappointment and competed with wisdom and confidence far beyond their 11 years would have us believe.

After two years of finishing a close second, these athletes can say that they have made Ashbourne Primary School Derbyshire School Games champions at the third attempt.

Phoebe can be doubly doubly proud as she was crowned individual girls champion for the second year running, winning that title as a year 5 also.

Millie Lamb, Julia Jurska, James Godfrey, Jordan Day and Isabella Margiotta must also be thanked for their part in the team’s journey to get to this ultimate win. They were part of the squad in previous rounds such is the strength in depth of the young athletes at our school.

Thank you to parents for supporting school sport to enable achievements like this and to Miss Botham for her expert team management and part funding the well-deserved post competition ice creams.

A cracking end to the year and a success I personally will be talking about for a very long time!

Thank you, guys 😁

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