Records shattered at Greneway sports day

Greneway School Sportsday opening ceremony

Greneway School Sportsday opening ceremony - Credit: Archant

Daisy Needham and Sam Lynn led the way on a night of shattered records and great perfromances at Greneway Middle School’s 44th annual athletics finals evening.

Year 8 pupil Needham leapt 1.49m to take high jump gold and eclipse L Wallace’s record that had stood since 1984.

Her Year 5 colleague Lynn broke the boys’ 600m record, coming home in 1:58.41mins to beat a 25 year old mark set by Gareth Hillier. He also added the 150m and Year 5 high jump record to his CV, notching 22.09secs and 1.33m respectively.

The Year 5 high jump record was then dramatically matched by Rory Rees, while Jack Beber also set a new benchmark in the Year 6 category, scoring over at 1.38m.

Classes were combined into ‘British Olympic legends’ teams with Year 6/8 classes and Year 5/7 team competitions.

Names from the past included Dame Kelly Holmes, Steve Ovett and Rebecca Adlington.

During the past term all of the pupils had been developing skills, fitness and understanding in their lessons; thus performing at their own level with peers of the same age group.

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The ongoing inter-form PB competition has been very close and those points fed into sportsday.

With so many athletes keen to take part in the finals events the school had to hold preliminary races to determine finalists.

All the field events (i.e. throwing and jumping) were completed last week, during PE lessons and National School Sports Week. Every pupil represented their class at jumping and throwing and each PB equates to a team point.

In addition to the numerous records broken, there were also gold medal doubles for Beber (Year 6 boys’ 75m and 600m); Laura Thompson (Year 5 girls’ 300m and 600m), Jaedon Campbell (Year 6 boys’ 150m and 300m); Harvey Mednick (Year 7 boys’ 100m and 200m); Susie Haslam (Year 7 girls’ 100m and 200m); Maya Warburton (Year 7 girls’ 800m and 1500m); Anwen Hails (Year 8 girls’ 800m and 1500m); Freddie Ball (Year 8 boys’ 800m and 1500m); Ellie Copeland (Year 8 girls’ 100m and 400m) and Flyn Lanham (Year 8 boys’ 100m and 400m).

Assistant headteacher Terry Graves said: “Once again our athletes were inspired and performed brilliantly, giving the appreciative crowd much to enjoy.”