Young athletes shine in sportshall championships

Primary schools indoor athletics finals ...Northstead make an impact in the chest throwing competition .Picture Richard Ponter .120567c.
Primary schools indoor athletics finals ...Northstead make an impact in the chest throwing competition .Picture Richard Ponter .120567c.
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East Ayton were crowned overall champions at the 2012 Sportshall Athletics finals at Scarborough Sports Centre.

In the Smaller Schools’ section, East Ayton made it a hat-trick of titles by winning for the third successive year, after seeing off a brave challenge from Bramcote.

Primary schools indoor athletics finals ...Seamer go for a big throw. Picture Richard Ponter .120567b.

Primary schools indoor athletics finals ...Seamer go for a big throw. Picture Richard Ponter .120567b.

Gladstone Road won the Larger Schools’ event, although they were pushed all the way by Northstead.

Northstead were in great form and returned to the hunt for the championship after a few lean years in the competition.

East Ayton’s score was the highest team total out of both the Smaller and the Larger Schools, thus they were crowned overall champions.

Ayton’s overall success means that they qualify for the Regional finals as Scarborough champions.

Primary schools indoor athletics finals ..East Ayton go for the speed bounce .Picture Richard Ponter .120567e.

Primary schools indoor athletics finals ..East Ayton go for the speed bounce .Picture Richard Ponter .120567e.

Ayton will travel to Catterick on February 28 to challenge for regional honours.

Nineteen schools entered the competition with only a couple of notable exceptions.

Approximately 160 children took part in the competition’s 12th final, while 280 children were involved in the semi-final stage.

The Mayor of Scarborough, Cllr. John Blackburn watched the excitement from a grandstand position and was on hand to present the certificates and trophies to the winners and runners-up.

Primary schools indoor athletics finals Gladstone rd kids and Seamer School kids cheer for their teams.Picture Richard Ponter .120567d

Primary schools indoor athletics finals Gladstone rd kids and Seamer School kids cheer for their teams.Picture Richard Ponter .120567d

Two competition records were broken at this year’s championships.

In the Girls’ Speed Bounce event Ella Shaw from East Ayton School set a new record as she managed 133 jumps in a minute.

Another record-breaker was Will Hutchinson of Seamer scored 28 points out of 40 in the Boys Target Throw.

Event organiser Steve Staveley said: “All the children have fun trying out all the athletic activities within their own school environment in a non-competitive atmosphere.

“Some of them move on to compete in class and or year group competitions and festivals with other ‘family’ primary schools.

“A team is then selected to represent each school at our area event where the competitive element really kicks in.

“However, the final involves a large number of children who develop a fantastic ‘team’ ethos within the competition.

“Detailed results feedback allows each individual school to celebrate success and view benchmark times and distances to target for the future.

“Some children will also hopefully begin attending the Scarborough Athletic Club to further their talent.

“Many thanks once again to all those volunteers that make our events possible.

“Also a big thank-you goes out to Boyes Stores for their sponsorship of the event.

“Boyes’ support provided for trophies for first and second place in both the Larger and the Smaller Schools’ event, as well as medals for all 20 athletes from these four schools.

“Competition will hopefully return in the summer term where hopefully we can persuade all schools to enter – even those that haven’t agreed with the competitive element of the event in the past.”