There have been some notable performances in Athletics from our Year 7 and Year 8 boys. Gareth Weekes turns out an awesome impression of a human flea week in week out in High Jump and George Colyer runs like a sub-Saharan wind each time he competes in the 800m. Elsewhere, Danny Partis and Tom Goldsmith have made the Long and Triple Jumps their own, winning events throughout our district. Kian Creed has taken to Shot Putt like a new born duckling to water and Adam Rickard's performances in High Jump have also been noteworthy. In their most recent competition the Year 7 and Year 8 boys finished in 1st place, beating Kent College, Archbishop's and Community College Whitstable.
It has been a mixed season of fortunes so far for our Year 9 and Year 10 boys’ squad. Bradley Rickard, Zak Benfield and Lucas Nicholson have led from the front and put in some inspiring performances. There is a general feeling of positivity and togetherness when traveling with the Year 9 and Year 10 squad and although no competitions have been won outright, performances have been very good.
Girls Year 7/8 Athletics Team have been doing really well, with top performances from Izzy Martin, Amy Foad, and Daisy Hatswell; all of them coming first in their events at every athletics meet for this age group.
Lois Duchesne in Year 7 is now ranked 9th in regional rankings, missing out on British Nationals by 0.33 of a second! Hopefully next competition she will get there.
In late January, 16 boys and 16 girls travelled to Herne Bay High to compete in the District Indoor Athletics Championships. The event consisted of a number of sprint, middle distance and relay runs and modified Field Events. Our students performed exceptionally well and their effort levels left me feeling very proud. Jack Monk and Adam Rickard scored victories in their events for the Year7 boys’ team, whilst Archie Lee and Jack Crittenden both tasted success for the Year 8s. Overall we finished 4th in a 7 school tournament.
The girls were outstanding in their events, performing at a very high standard. The Year 8 girls won all the races in their heat, though their times had to be compared to heat 1. For Year 7 it was their first ever athletics event and we have some very talented young ladies who will be Abbey School’s promising athletes for future events. A big well done to all competitors and it was a great day.