Time to celebrate athletics success

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YOUNG athletes from six schools showed off their skills in a keenly-fought competition.

More than 120 Year 5 and Year 6 children came together to compete for the Sportshall Athletics Championships, as part of the Corby, Oundle and Thrapston School Games.

The event was held at The Kingswood School in Corby on Tuesday, February 28.

And there were celebrations at the end of the day for defending champions Woodnewton, who narrowly beat off a strong challenge from runners-up St Patrick’s Primary School, Studfall Junior School, Oakley Vale Primary School, Brigstock Primary School and Corby Old Village Primary School to become the 2012 champions.

The children from Woodnewton and St Patrick’s progressed to the county finals, which are taking place today in Kettering.

Using Year 10 young leaders from Kingswood School, the event saw the children compete in a series of running, throwing and jumping events to take the team prize.

The events varied from sprint relays to standing triple jump, which allows the pupils to use various skills relating to general athletics disciplines.

School sports manager Matthew Peleszok said: “In this Olympic year it was great to see 120 young athletes come together to put on such a high quality final. Well done to all the teams who competed in the event.”

The school sports partnership had its funding cancelled by the Government last summer, but new cash became available from the Department of Health.

Since its relaunch, the scheme is now offering youngsters all over Corby the chance to get involved in sports including football, netball, athletics and gymnastics.

The competition at Kingswood was one of several being run between January and July, for a range of age groups, sports and abilities.