On Thursday 16th June, 18 children from Years 5 and 6 represented King’s Hawford at the Murcia Regional IAPS Athletics competition. The children in the athletics squad had all qualified by achieving the minimum standards (set by IAPS) for their specific events and were both nervous and excited to compete against other children from schools across the region.
It was a long day in extremely hot and sunny conditions, with the children spending much of their time cheering on from the shade provided by the school gazebos when not competing. All 18 of the children represented King’s Hawford with remarkable levels of commitment and determination and should be proud of their outstanding athletics performances, several achieving personal best scores.
Special mentions should go to Emily S, Will YB and Freddie P for their resilience and efforts in the 800m: an extremely challenging race in such difficult conditions. Meanwhile Erin L, Amelia M, Jack M, Fabian W, Charlotte B, Harriette T and Will L all performed extremely well in the heats for the 100m and 200m sprints with Erin, Fabian, Jack and Charlotte reaching the finals and Amelia missing out by just one tenth of a second. Erin reaching the final in the 100m and Jack reaching the finals in both the 100m and 200m were especially impressive achievements given that they are both Year 5 children competing alongside Year 6s. Additionally, both the girls’ 4 x 100m relay team of Erin, Amelia, Harriette and Charlotte and the boys’ 4 x 100m relay team of Jack, Will, Daniel L and Fabian reached their respective finals by qualifying through the heats.
Meanwhile, away from the track, Joe F and Will L both performed well in the high jump, finishing in the top 10, whilst Harvey R and Ben E replicated this in the boys’ shot put. Nico C, Cameron K, Amelia M and Eden G all worked hard in the javelin, with Eden managing to secure third place with her final throw. King’s Hawford also achieved great success in the long jump, with Fabian W winning the boys’ event, qualifying for the national finals with a jump of 4m, 22, and Erin L finishing second in the girls’ competition, just 1cm behind the eventual winner! Similar success was achieved in the girls’ shot put, with Florence B finishing in the top 10 and Charlotte B claiming victory and subsequent qualification to the National Finals with a throw of 6m,59.
Back on the track, the finals for the sprints and relays took place in the afternoon sun. All finalists ran with astonishing levels of effort and skill given the increasingly hot conditions. The girls’ relay team worked well together to secure a fourth place finish, whilst the boys finished fifth in their final. The individual sprint finals were also highly impressive, with Charlotte finishing fourth in the 200m, Erin securing third in the 100m, Jack recording two impressive performances in both the 100m and 200m and Fabian narrowly missing out by the finest of margins from achieving a second qualification for the National Finals. His time of 14.6 seconds was less than a tenth of a second behind the athlete who took second place and subsequent qualification.
A fantastic day was enjoyed by all and we offer a huge thank you to the parents for their unwavering support of the children, including providing impromptu ice lollies, cold drinks and bags of ice to cool everybody down! We can now look forward to Charlotte’s and Fabian’s participation in the IAPS National Finals at Nuneaton on the 4th July. They should be extremely proud of their outstanding achievements in qualifying for the shot put and long jump respectively.