A combined Sportshall Athletics Tournament took place at Ursuline College on Wednesday afternoon with schools from Thanet and Dover competing for spots in the Kent School Games Finals next summer.

The third in a series of Sportshall Athletics events held at Ursuline College over the past month, this was the turn of the year 7 and 8 teams to compete in a variety of indoor athletics events including Shot Put, Standing long and triple jumps, speed bounce and a range of relay races.

The ‘field’ events were run alongside the relays with the different year groups and being split up. While one group jumped and putted their way through the events the other was put through their paces in the relays. The energy sapping rebound boards at either end of the sportshall were no match for these enthusiastic youngsters as they ran their individual relay legs, doing their bit for the team. The young athletes had clearly been practising their handovers too, as I do not recall a single dropped baton.

Once the teams had completed the first round of disciplines they switched places with the other group.

While the throwers and jumpers took their turns at having their three attempts measured it was a bit more frenetic in the relays. These were really hard fought and you could see in the faces of the competitors that they were really putting a shift in. They all kept going to the end of every race, no doubt encouraged by the teams that were watching and cheering them on from the sidelines.

At the end of the final set of relays, all the teams were called in for the results to be announced.

Congratulations to Dane Court who were convincing winners in both the Girls’ and Boys’ competition, winning the overall tournament in the process. We wish them luck for next summer, as they represent Thanet in the Kent School Games Finals. Well done to all the other schools that attended for pushing the winners so hard.

Thanks to Stephanie, the School Games Organiser for inviting me to this event and thanks to all the staff who helped out.

A special thanks, as always, must also go to the Young Sports Leaders from Ursuline College who helped with the scores and setting up of equipment ….. without these young volunteers, these events could not take place.

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