The AGGS Cross Country team are very excited to be through to the National Final of the ESAA Cross Country Cup which will take place in Kent on 25th November.
This is their journey so far.
The local rounds of this competition started in October with 1690 teams taking part across England competing against other local schools in their county. AGGS competed against other local schools and Longford Park and qualified for the regional round as one of the top three teams. The regional round took place this weekend in Sedburgh. It was a very cold morning and the rain the night before made the already difficult course very very muddy. Through grit and determination AGGS qualified in 3rd place and are through to the National Final in Kent in 2 weeks time. Here they will face the best 3 teams from the North, South, East and West and will compete to become Champions of England.
The Team was Laura H, Alice D, Millie P, Charlotte L, Emma S and Aimee R.
Special mention needs to go to Aimee who actually completed most of the course with ONE SHOE after it getting stuck in the mud on the first corner!! A true display of determination and team spirit.
Well done everyone and good luck.
AGGS are the Manchester Schools Indoor Athletics Champions.
Friday 13th October – 8 Athletes from AGGS set off to Sports City in Manchester for the Indoor Athletics Championships. Each athlete competed in one event each and there were some excellent individual performances.
Alice D was the star of the day winning a gold medal in the girls 300m with an impressive time of 44.62seconds.
Silver medals were awarded to Maddie L in the 60m hurdles, Laura H in the 800m and Kitty H in the shot putt.
Emma S jumped an impressive 4m42cm in the long jump winning a bronze medal.
Mary W and Annie C ran in the 60m and 200m respectfully and both just missed out on medals by a few seconds. Millie P also had an excellent performance in the high jump sadly missing the medal mark by just a few cm.
The relay team (Emma, Mary, Annie and Alice) also came 4th in the girls 4x200m relay in a very fast competitive finish to the day.
With points being totted up it was very close between AGGS, St Peter’s and Trinity. However, with 199 points AGGS were presented with the winners trophy claiming first place over all.
All competitors were year 10 so will have another shot at retaining the trophy next year. Can they do the double?
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.
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.
Victoria’s (Year 11) first competition of the 2017 Indoor Season was in January at the EIS (English Institute of Sport), Sheffield for the Northern Championships. By the time Victoria came to compete at a starting height of 3.50m she had won the competition as all other vaulters were out before this height! She proceeded to jump her highest of 3.75m which beat her personal best by 5cm and broke the championship best performance record of 3.65m, set in 2007. What am amazing result! To add to this, she had the chance to meet Jess Ennis-Hill as she was also at the competition that morning.
A week later she competed at Vault Manchester, Sport City; she had been chosen to compete in the Elite Women’s pool against competitors at least two years her senior. For this competition, she had to choose a song that was played each time she jumped and was also introduced in a mini presentation before the competition began; sounds like great fun! The competitors travelled to Vault Manchester from all over the UK and some even came from abroad. Despite being the youngest competitor in the pool, she finished with another PB of 3.76m and came 4th place.
Later in January she competed again and jumped 3.80m, another PB! The season is going well so far, and the results of her first competition put her 1st in the UK, a place which she is keen to hold onto for the rest of the year.
Follow Victoria’s progress on twitter @First4Athletics
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.
Victoria only took up the sport of pole vaulting two years ago and she has gone on to be ranked second in the U17s’ women’s pole vault and represented England last year T her first international event in Kent.
Victoria has also competed at English Schools, Northern Championships, National Championships and YDL National Championships (Youth Developmental League).
Her aim is to be selected for the World Junior Championships in the next three years, along with continuing to represent England and the North West.
Good luck Victoria. We look forward to you telling us about future successes.
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.