Athletics goes indoors for town competition

Some of the competitors are pictured
Some of the competitors are pictured

YEAR 5 and 6 pupils from local primary schools competed for a place in the Sports Hall Athletics County Final.

Organised by Burnley School Sport Partnership, the sports hall athletics competitions have attracted 30 primary schools, with over 350 school children who were competing for a place in the County Finals.

Sports hall athletics enables the traditionally summer sport to be brought indoors for the winter months, meaning that budding athletes can compete all year round.

Events such as triple jump, long jump and indoor javelin are included in the format, as well as a series of track events.

Six schools qualified for the borough final over a series of five heats, giving these schools the opportunity to battle it out for a place in the county final.

The standard of competition was superb and all children competed to their full potential.

Wellfield Primary School were crowned champions, with St John’ the Baptist RC Primary School taking the silver medal position and St James’ finishing in third.

St Joseph’s Primary school won the small schools competition, and having less than 100 pupils means that they are also eligible for a place in the county final where they will join Wellfield as Burnley representatives.

The county final will take place in February at Stanley Park, Blackpool.

Burnley School Sport Partnership’s Young Sports Ambassadors and leadership students from Sir John Thursby College led the proceedings and were responsible for the officiating of all events, as well as presenting the awards at the end of the event.

This was the first of several borough finals that will take place throughout 2012/13, which will see local primary schools compete for places in Lancashire county competitions.