Victoria travelled with the England athletics team to Dublin at the weekend to compete in the Schools International Athletics Board track and field competition. This was her second time representing England in the SIAB, though for many athletes it was their first international experience. She thoroughly enjoyed the meeting and getting to know all the other athletes over the three days; it was an amazing experience.
Competition began early on the Saturday with field events commencing across the track. In the men’s’ pole vault, they were competing not only against each other but a forceful headwind. By the time of the women’s pole vault started, the wind fluctuated between a crosswind and tailwind. Every athlete’s performance was impacted across the stadium and luckily for some this granted new personal bests; however in the high jump and women’s pole vault, just keeping the bar steady on the stands was proving to be a challenge, before any athlete jumped.
Victoria and her Elngland team mate in the pole vault claimed both the first and second position and both jumped the same height of 3.61m. The final positioning came down to count back, where Victoria narrowly missed out on the title by one failure.
Although Victoria did not set a new record under these circumstances, she improved on her season’s best of 3.60m and is pleased by her performance in the competition.
The future looks bright for Victoria who is going to Millfield School to study for her A-levels. There she will be coached by the Director of Athletics, Alan Richardson, who has recently been invited to join the Team GB and British Athletics coaching team at the European U23 Championships in Poland. We may see her on TV in the near future; keep an eye out!
Well done Victoria, we are extremely proud of all that you have achieved and wish you great success in the future!
Congratulations to the junior and intermediate athletics teams who competed in the Greater Manchester competition two weeks ago and have qualified for the regional finals which take place after half term.
The junior team have qualified for the North West 2 final on Monday 12th June in Warrington and the intermediates for the North West 1 final on 14th June in Wigan.
We wish the girls the best of luck and hope that the intermediates can secure a place at national finals!
Congratulations to the junior and intermediate teams who competed in the English Schools Track and Field Cup in the Greater Manchester round on Thursday. The sun was shining and it was a great day for athletics with some fantastic performances from our teams.
The junior team won their competition and will now go through to the Regional A final! The intermediate team finished in second place but with an excellent score so we are hoping that they will also qualify for the A final. We await the results of the other competitions to find out our placings.
Well done to all we are very proud of you!
Congratulations to the year 8 sportshall athletics team who won the Trafford competition today. They recorded first place in many of the race heats and performed well in the field events. The score 241 points overall – which was the highest score of any team competing – including the boys teams! Well done to Anna, Holly, Aimee, Olivia, Samyu, Nielja and Alicia. They now go through to the Greater Manchester round to represent Trafford.
Also so well done to the year 7 team who came third in their competition. The team was Olivia, Libby, Izzy, Talia, Eva, and Amira.
A year 7 team competed in the Manchester Schools’ Invitation competition last Friday. There were schools from all over the Greater Manchester area and the opposition was tough. It was the girls first experience of running/jumping/throwing in an indoor arena and they all performed well. The team came 10th overall out of 16 schools.
Well done to Olivia 7-4 who received a bronze medal in the 200m.
There were 14 schools altogether and some tough competition – Manchester area is traditionally a very strong area for athletics.
The girls competed in 60m, 60m Hurdles, 200m, 300m, 800m, Long Jump, Shot, High Jump and 4x200m relay. We gave some very good individual performances and gained 6 individual medals out of the 9 events.
Maddie 60m hurdles Gold
Kitty Shot Silver
Anna 60m Silver
Laura 800m Bronze
Millie High Jump Bronze
Emma Long Jump Bronze
The girls predicted that they would come about 7th or 8th and were delighted when the results put us in 2nd place behind Wright Robinson – with the same points total but we had one gold and they had 3 so they were presented as winners. A fantastic effort and many of the officials and coaches came over to congratulate the girls on their performance and said how well they had done to beat so many Manchester schools.
However, over that weekend I received a call from the organiser to say that there had been an error with the placings in the 300m. Charlotte had been given 6th place when actually she had come 4th. So that meant we actually scored more points that Wright Robinson and were the rightful winners!! Martin the organiser brought the trophy to school the following week.
Well done to Laura, Maddie, Millie, Emma, Kitty, Mary, Anna, Charlotte and Holly on their superb team effort.
We were invited to compete in the Manchester Schools’ Indoor Athletics competition last Friday for the first time in its 5 year history. There was a limited number of events (800m, 300m, 200m, 60m, 60mH, HJ, LJ, shot putt and 4x200m relay) and competitors were limited to one event plus the relay. Manchester Schools are traditionally very strong in athletics but our year 10 girls gave a very good account of themselves against tough competition – most notably Lizzy 2nd place in 300m and Lizzie 3rd place in LJ. The team finished in 8th position but we were hindered slightly by being one competitor short on our team due to injuries and last minute withdrawals. Massive thanks to Lizzy, Lizzie, Georgina, Mollie, Maddie, Laura and Anna.
It was a clean sweep for Altrincham Girls’ athletes at the Trafford Schools’ Championships on Tuesday with all three ages groups (8/9/10) winning their competitions.
The final placings were as follows:
Well done to all who competed. I am trying to access individual results for each event.
Fabulous weather for athletics today and some fantastic performances from the girls. The Junior team won their competition with most athletes scoring upwards of 30 points giving a grand total of 366 points, well ahead of the rest of the schools – they will now proceed to the Regional Finals in June. The Intermediate team were hindered by a couple of injuries but still scored 301 points and although they finished 3rd I think there is a very good chance they will also qualify for the Regional Finals – fingers crossed. Brilliant effort all round – well done girls.
Fantastic result at the Greater Manchester Indoor Athletics Finals – silver medalists. Just missed out on gold by 2 points. Great effort from all athletes – well done girls.