Sports Matters Awards!

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Hello there!

So far, November has been a month full of excitement and worthy acknowledgment for Athletics.

The Sports Matters Awards... took place on 14th November at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. The awards celebrate everything that is exemplary in school sport and physical education. The level of interest in 2012 was astounding – thanks to the influence and inspiration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Athletics luminaries such as Jessica Ennis, Christine Ohuruogu, Paul Blake and Richard Whitehead were in attendance as Olivia Breen was highly commended and Jordan Howe was commended in the Excellence in Disabled Sport category.

16 year old Breen, of Bohunt School in Hampshire, won a bronze medal in the T35-T38 4x100m relay and finished fifth in the 100m and eighth in the 200m at the Paralympics in London in September. The youngest member of Great Britain’s Paralympics athletics team had also won bronze in both the 100m and 200m at the IPC Athletics European Championships in the Netherlands in June.

Jordan Howe, also 16 at the time of the Paralympics, finished seventh in the T35 100m in London. The Rumney High School student recorded big personal bests over both 100m and 200m during 2012, running 13.04 and 27.86 respectively.

Also, The School Sports Teacher of the Year award – presented by triple-jump legend Jonathan Edwards and Will Bayley, the individual silver and team bronze Paralympic table tennis champion – went to Liz Neale, who has been committed to the development of sport for children with disabilities for over 30 years. 

Overall if it was day of celebration shared by champions and a chance to admire and relish the amazing talent we have witnessed this year! For more information on this please click here.

A little reminder! Elevating Athletics is a resource aimed at schools. It can be purchased from the Youth Sport Trust eShop.  This teaching resource develops the knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver enjoyable, engaging and progressive lessons at key stage 1 and 2, and shows how to maximise activity levels while developing the fundamental movement skills that underpin athleticism.  Get yours today!

Finally, very big congratulations to Birchfield who won the womens race in the English Cross Country Relays in Mansfield on November 3!

Largely thanks to the efforts of Hannah Walker (Bud Baldaro). The 21 year-old, who ran for Britain in the European Cup 10,000m at Bilbao this year, ran the fastest leg of 9:46.65 in moving her club from 24th to first on leg two.

Leigh's Lauren Howarth (Self-coached) was the only other runner inside 10 minutes with 9:54.25.

Shaftesbury Barnet were a close second, just over five seconds back, while Aldershot were a further 10 seconds back in third. For more details on this event please click here.

I will be in touch with you all on more athletics updates, speak soon!


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