Primary School pupils from around Canterbury attended the Speed Stacking Tournament at Canterbury Academy today.

The event was organised by the Academy’s Sorts Partnership and featured a number of schools from the Canterbury District.

Now, I’ve written about Speed Stacking before, but for those of you that are new to this page, here is a quick recap of what the activity is all about: The aim of the sport, as the name loosely suggests, is to stack a number of specially designed cups in a very specific order and pattern. The cups are then returned to their original positions. All of this is performed against the clock. There are a number of variations in how the cups set up and stacked, and there is even a ‘relay’ round where teams compete against each other.

Now, I don’t mind admitting that I’m useless at Speed Stacking. I’d like to blame my bigger hands, longer arms and dodgy hip but they would just be poor excuses ….. I’m just useless. I do, however, really enjoy attending these events. Of all the school sports events that I visit, Speed Stacking is certainly one of my favourites. Despite its highly competitive nature, it’s an extremely social event and there are always lots of opportunities throughout the competition for the young competitors and their teachers to ‘mingle’ and chat with those from the other schools. This leads to the Speed Stacking events having a great community feel to them.

The competition itself was very well organised, with the Young Sports Leaders from Canterbury Academy ensuring the afternoon went ahead without a hitch. They really were fantastic and a credit to their school. The young competitors all took the competition side of the event seriously and you could see the anticipation and excitement in their faces as they attempted to beat their personal bests to notch up points for their teams.

After a series of different Speed Stacking challenges the results were announced. The pupils applauded each team as their individual positions were announced and a floor-slapping drum roll built up the suspense nicely as each age group’s winner was announced. Congratulations to everyone who took part, and a huge Educational Life “Well Done” to the winning teams from Blean Primary School and Barham CofE Primary School. The full results were as follows …..

I would like to thank Gemma from the Canterbury Academy Sports Partnership, all of the Young Sports Leaders and the visiting staff and pupils for making me feel so welcome at the fantastic event. I’d like to give a big ‘shout out’ to my little Photo Bombers ….. you know who you are.

Please enjoy our gallery of the competition and feel free to share this article with anyone who may be interested.