70 students from the Federation attended the annual Year 7 and 8 Track and Field Championships at Chester le Street this month. The competition involves 11 schools from all over Durham and is a very competitive event with all disciplines of running, jumping and throwing involved. On a beautifully sunny afternoon our students were a real credit to themselves and the Federation and they all put in some amazing performances. In total seven awards were handed out for finishing in the top 3.
GOLD Ellie Harris Y8 100m
SILVER Emma Young Y8 Discus
BRONZE Joseph Gregory Y7 Javelin
BRONZE Kody Agar Y8 Discus
BRONZE Marc Milner Y8 Shot Putt
BRONZE Ellie Harris Y8 Shot Putt
BRONZE Emma Brown Y8 Long Jump
Two students from the Federation represented Durham City in the County Durham Schools Athletics Championships at Monkton Stadium in June. James Thornton in Year 9 was competing in the Junior Boys Javelin competition and finished in 3rd place with a throw of 31.95 metres. Ellis Harris in Year 8 was running in the Junior Girls 100m despite being a year young and qualified for the final finishing in 7th place in a time of 14.5 seconds, Congratulations to both students as it is a real honour to wear the purple vest of Durham.
Nagyon jol szerepelt (Well done!)
Well done to Callum Wilkinson who has been selected to take part in the youth sport trust’s Talent Inspiration Programme from Wednesday 30 August – Friday 01 September 2017 at Loughborough University.
On Wednesday this week students from both Colleges headed down to the Riverside Athletics track to take art in the annual Durham Central Schools Athletics Championships. This is a very competitive event with 12 schools from the Durham area taking part in the full range of track and field disciplines. The top two competitors in each event will then qualify for the County Durham Finals which take place on Saturday 10th June at Monkton Stadium. From Hurdles to High Jump, from Sprinting to Shot Putt, our students put in some great performances with many Personal Bests being recorded. Top performers were James Thornton who won the Javelin competition with a throw of over 32 metres, Ellie Harris who won the 100m sprint despite being a year younger than everyone in 13.1 seconds and Emma Brown 0 again a year young – who was 3rd in the 800m in a time of 2 min 58 seconds. Congratulations to all those who participated.
And so the regular Staff Futsal season drew to it’s dramatic end last week with the final round of fixtures taking place up and down the County. There was plenty to play for at both ends of the table with the black and white Fed team heading towards end of season glory as the red and whites from Durham Johnston were staring down the barrel of relegation once more. There was not going to be a fairy tale ending for our close rivals from the other side of the Browney River as they came crashing down to earth with an enormous bump – yet again. Despair was rife amongst their squad, the manager in disarray and their players looking to out and find new clubs at the end of the season. Will we see them back again in this top league? It may take quite a while for them to rebuild. The Fantastic Fed, however, have finished the season on a roll, sweeping all opponents to one side, a trophy is now within their grasp and the team are in fine form. New signing Steele added some much needed steel to the squad whilst our midfield dynamo Clarke was loaned out to a Dutch team to get some valuable European experience. An 18-12 victory was no more than they deserved and as the fireworks and confetti rained down from above, with one play-off match remaining, you would have to say that, “the only way is up”….!!!!
THE NATIONAL JUNIOR INDOOR ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS took place at Lee Valley Sports Centre in London earlier this month. It is the biggest indoor rowing competition in the world. Up to 3000 children and teens between the ages of 11-18 years race in individual and team events in the hope of being crowned National Champion. Marc in Year 8 had qualified through school rounds last October and then two regional competitions at Maiden Castle. There were about 150 Year 8 students in his particular race and in several heats they tried to row as far as they could in 2 minutes. Marc has been training with Durham University’s rowing coaches and finished in 3rd position – out of the entire Great Britain area. Congratulations to him and very well done for gaining a bronze medal.
The annual County Durham Sport Workplace Games of 2017 took place at Park View School in Chester le Street with ten teams of highly trained and motivated athletes competing in five different challenges. Firstly Fencing – an event that some of the team had not done since Summer Camp at the age of ten. Engarde and then fight like a pirate for two minutes trying to stab your opponent as many times as possible. A victory for the Fed Team. Next up was the Old School Sports Day – races of egg and spoon, three legged and wheelbarrow plus and an obstacle race. Fantastic technique shown and another victory. The next walk in the park was a game of Softball on the astroturf. Kitted out with gloves. helmets and bats it was strike after strike as the Fed Team batted away the opposition. Dodgeball was the penultimate challenge and this was the only defeat on the night. Plenty of ducking, diving and dodging on the court. Finally the athletic challenges with fast feet and team lunges. As is the case in all these sporting challenges, it doesn’t really matter who wins the trophy at the end of the day! The crowning glory was being awarded certificates for winning the Best Team Morale award. A great team performance and the team are already in training for next year’s competition. What a day!!