With the England athletics squad for the 2018 Commonwealth Games recently announced, primary school pupils from across the borough took their first steps on the performance pathway at a School Games Sportshall Athletics event.
Across morning and afternoon heats, over 450 year five and six pupils from 21 primary schools took part in a wide range of athletic disciplines including the 4x1lap relay, obstacle relay race, standing long jump, standing triple jump, chest push and speed bounce.
The noise generated by the pupils was deafening as they cheered on their classmates in the hope of emerging victorious from their session. The heats were officiated by Young Sports Leaders from De La Salle who ensured that they day ran smoothly and were vital in the success of the day.
Many of the results were extremely close, however Bleak Hill emerged victorious from the morning session and Legh Vale prevailed in the afternoon, with St Julie Catholic Primary School and Billinge St Aidan’s C of E runners up in their respective sessions.
All four schools will have to wait until the final Sportshall Athletics heat has been held in December to find out which two schools will progress to represent St Helens in the Merseyside School Games Finals in early 2018.
Councillor Sue Murphy, Cabinet Member for Libraries and Leisure Services, said: “The event was brilliant from start to finish. The pupils were fantastic competitors and should be extremely proud of their achievements.
“Well done especially to the medalists from each heat and also to Broad Oak and Parish who were the recipients of the Fair Play awards”.
School Games Organiser and Sports Development Officer Danny Bacon added: “It was fantastic to see the athletic skill of so many of the borough’s youngsters on show.
“The enthusiasm they showed was brilliant to see and they didn’t stop encouraging each other throughout the day”.