Records Tumble At School Sports Days

school summer 1Scilly’s students have broken a number of school records during the recent sports days.

Records aren’t set for primary pupils because the venue switches between school bases. But Head of PE Martyn Songhurst says Louis Asten’s 18.5m javelin throw was “spectacular.”

One of the biggest secondary achievements was Harry Stone breaking Billy Jackman’s 100m record of 12 years. Harry knocked 0.6s off the 2002 record to run the distance in 12.2s.

And Martyn says unusually for a sprinter, Harry also won the 1200m run, as well as breaking the triple jump and long jump records.

The school hasn’t recorded times for hurdles before but Martyn says Armorel Bowker’s “impressively fast” year 10 girls’ time is now the benchmark to beat in the future.

Year 8 student Ethan Badcock also beat the previous discus record, hurling a 1.5kg weight a distance of 22m.

Martyn believes the records are being broken because he’s incorporated the UK Junior athletics ideas into his lesson plans.

And he says the pupils are getting more competitive, which he believes is down to the introduction of the ‘house’ system.

It’s hard to get competition outside of school because of the isolation, says Martyn, so the youngsters “give it all they’ve got” for their houses.