Seamer's superstars earn historic county title win

Seamer & Irton School celebrate their county win, along with staff Sharon Brining and Steve Staveley with Hannah Best leaping in the foreground
Seamer & Irton School celebrate their county win, along with staff Sharon Brining and Steve Staveley with Hannah Best leaping in the foreground

Seamer & Irton Primary School have become the first Scarborough school to be crowned North Yorkshire School Games Sportshall Athletics champions.

In front of a packed crowd at Catterick Leisure Centre, more than 200 athletes from schools across North Yorkshire battled their way through a series of relay races and field events, such as standing long jump, chest push and vertical jump.

Seamer team manager Steve Staveley said: “Our team worked incredibly hard to qualify as Scarborough champions for the first time, then doubled their efforts for the county final.

“In training, they showed fantastic team spirit and attitude, doing everything asked of them, without any complaints.”

“They really were a fine example of a team that wanted to do well. The final produced fantastic performances from everyone - breaking many PBs on the way. At Seamer, we are all very proud of them.

“When they were announced as winners, they couldn’t actually believe it. A fantastic achievement against some first class opposition.”

Seamer’s winning margin was a massive 78 points, claiming 372 while runners-up Pannal Primary, of Harrogate had 294.

Kirkbymoorside, representing Ryedale, were eighth with 178 points.

The individual highlights for the Seamer team included Abbi West and Hannah Best winning the 1+1 lap relay by over three seconds.

In the boys’ speed bounce there was an amazing 60 in 20 seconds from Oliver Hesketh, and all three Seamer speed bounce jumpers completing over 52 jumps.

Captains Laura Dove and Hesketh received the trophy from Olympic long jumper Chris Tomlinson.

The latter was on hand to speak to the athletes and sign t-shirts, as well as helping out with the demonstrations and officiating, as well as presenting Hesketh with a Great Britain T-shirt for outstanding performance in the speed bounce event.