Year 7 Boys blast through Borough Sports..!!

The Year 7 Boys Athletics Team finished a fantastic 2nd Place overall at the annual Borough Sports competition last Wednesday 20th June. The squad arrived at the David Weir Arena, full of confidence and excitement, having had a very successful season so far. The boys had practiced their events in lessons and at lunch time and after school clubs throughout the term.  It was an achievement in itself to be selected, with only one pupil per year group being put forward for each event.  The competition saw SPH go up against nine other schools in the borough, some of them being all-boys schools such as John Fisher, Sutton Grammar, Wallington Boys, Wilson’s and Carshalton Boys.

As the boys took to their different events, it wasn’t long before the medals starting being won. Joe Everett, whose javelin throwing had been improving all season, threw a new school-record of over 28metres, an excellent result which was only two metres off the borough record.  A close battle with a Glenthorne pupil saw Joe take gold, well done.  Kyle Thorn, arguably the fastest pupil in the year group was selected to take part in the Long Jump, having won the event on Sports Day. Although taking off from quite far behind the board, Kyle still managed a jump of 4.40metres to win the competition and take another gold medal. This was even more impressive, as Kyle had not long returned from injury, having suffered a fractured ankle in his last rugby match of the season.

Elsewhere on the track, Reuben Underwood ran a fantastic 800m, lowering his own school record by three seconds to finish in a time of 2mins 36secsonds. This was testament to all the hard-work and effort he had put into training, well done Reuben.  Also in the middle-distance events, Murray Samuel showed not only his physical talent but his perseverance and determination, running the 1500m in very hot conditions and finishing in a well-deserved 3rd place.

Finally, the 4x100m Relay team of Kyle, Leo Celis, Max Halsey and Ezra Oloyede ran an absolute dream of a race, with slick changeovers and excellent speed to bring the baton home and win a superb silver medal. This team always had the potential and the fact they could produce on the biggest stage, under the greatest pressure, proved they are athletes of calibre and class.

As the final results were announced, it was to our absolute delight that the Year 7 Team finished in 2nd Place overall, beating Sutton Grammar, Wallington Boys, Wilson’s and Carshalton Boys, as well as the co-educational schools such as Overton, Greenshaw, Glenthorne and Cheam. Only John Fisher bettered our score, not bad considering they have vastly more pupils to choose from in their year group.

Very well done again to all the boys who took part and contributed to the team’s overall points score. Next season let’s try and go one better..!!  The only way this will happen is through continued effort in all PE lessons and attendance at lunch time and after school clubs. Well done this season.

Mr Ford