MSSP hosted the first heat of Sportshall Athletics at Canons Leisure Centre on Friday 12th January 2018. The morning heat consisted of eight schools. Every team arrived with eighteen athletes (nine boys and nine girls). Each competitor had to take part in two track (relays/races) and two field (throws/jumps) events. All of the scores from each event would contribute to the school’s overall total so it was essential that every individual did their utmost to gain points for their team. All schools arrived looking ready and eager to go.

All schools had star performances; however, Bishop Gilpin girls were the stars of the show, winning an incredible six out of ten events across track and field, displaying their speed, endurance and strength in these contrasting disciplines. The boys from Bishop Gilpin also excelled in all events on both the track and the field, regularly picking up maximum points due to strong team scores. Cranmer boys and girls started the event off with a bang, recording their highest scores in the obstacle race while the girls from The Sherwood stood out for them, performing well in the speed bounce and standing triple jump. While William Morris boys earned points on the track, their girls secured impressive placings on the field. William Morris had some explosive girls who scored well in the Vertical Jump for them. Both the boys and the girls for Wimbledon Chase put in strong efforts across all disciplines on the track and the field, consistently finishing in the top three and scoring valuable points. The tricky technique of the Standing Long Jump proved no barrier to the team from Links as they recorded their best result of the day in this tough event while St Matthew’s demonstrated their speed and agility in the Over/Under Race. St Mary’s girls has some impressive field performances, scoring highest in the chest push, while the boys from Wimbledon Park displayed plenty of speed to score well in the 4 x 1-lap relay event.

Bishop Gilpins strong all-round performance resulted in them claiming first place – their girls on the track were particularly fast. Cranmers boys kept them in the hunt throughout and helped them secure a well-deserved second place. While not winning too many events, The Sherwoods consistency across track and field meant they finished in third place. Links primary School were named as the Refspect award winners for showing outstanding sporting behaviour and integrity throughout the competition. Well done to all the Links Primary School pupils, you are a credit to your school.

Thanks must be paid to Canons Leisure Centre for hosting the event and to the leaders from Rutlish who officiated professionally and efficiently throughout the event.

Huge congratulations to all children who put their heart and soul into every event they participated in and did their school proud.  

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