Records Broken At School Sports Day

The Five Islands School

Twenty school records were broken during the secondary school sports day on The Garrison yesterday.

Around 90 pupils in years 7 to 10 took part.

Rory Guy jumped 1.65 metres and could have gone higher had the bar not been bent by another high jumper. Zoe Hitchens will follow Rory into the county squad with her impressive clearance of 1.4m.

And year 7 student George Smalley made a 1.5m high jump and claimed a new long jump record at 4.75m. Shane Heaton also took a 900m running record with Phoebe Kirkby claiming a new record for shot, discuss and javelin.

School PE teacher, Martin Songhurst, put the success down to the students’ dedication and practise.

He’s been coaching using the Aviva training resource guidelines, which he feels may have helped. Martin says the new sports hall has also helped improve the youngsters’ training with  better facilities.

The students can have double the amount of jumping practise with two mats and pupils can practice the shot indoors too.

Martin said he couldn’t have hosted the event without the support of former PE teacher Roger Williams.

On Monday the primary pupils will be put through their paces on St Martin’s.