Junior school honours a future athletics star

RUSHDEN, South End Junior School,  Diarra Layne, 10, has got into the national athletics finals.
RUSHDEN, South End Junior School, Diarra Layne, 10, has got into the national athletics finals.

A school is celebrating after one of its pupils has shown signs of becoming one of the athletics stars of the future.

Diarra Layne, 10, who attends South End Junior School in Rushden, took part in the U-11 Aviva Sportshall East Midlands Regional Finals competition in Grantham last month as part of the Northamptonshire team.

He took part in a number of events, including relay races, the triple jump and the long jump.

His team came fourth overall and Diarra was presented with trophies for taking part and for his performance in the long jump.

Diarra, who trains with Kettering Town Harriers and came second in the boys section of the county competition to qualify for the regional finals, said: “It was the first big competition I’d taken part in and I was really excited. I took part in a relay race in a team of five and we had to pass a baton to each other. I did the triple jump which I hadn’t really done before so I found it quite hard but I enjoyed it.

“I’ve put my medal and trophy in a special cabinet at home along with my football trophies. My family are very proud and like to cheer me on. My friends are also really pleased for me.”

Diarra has been training with Kettering Town Harriers for about a year and attends practices once a week.

He said: “I’ve always really liked running so that’s why I joined Kettering Town Harriers and I would like to be an athlete.

“I also enjoy other sports at school like football and basketball.”

His class teacher, Year 5 teacher Rachel Lyons, said: “We are all really proud of Diarra and we celebrated his success with a special assembly for the whole school when we got the chance to tell us about his achievements. All the teachers and the children are really pleased for him and like to hear how well he is doing. We are looking forward to him taking part in more competitions in the future.”

The special assembly was held at the school on Friday.