Students impress at School Games

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AFTER winning the AVPSAA District Athletics Championship in June, Buckingham Primary School have finished second in the 2012 School Games at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

The Games are a nationwide initiative designed to build on the magic of 2012 to enable every school and child to participate in competitive sport, and a number of sports are covered by the games, including golf, table tennis and girls football.

At a lively and entertaining Opening Ceremony inside the Guttman Centre, the children cheered on up and coming athletes who were invited as flag bearers to inspire the future sports girls and boys from schools right across the county.

The athletics event was designed around the established Quad Kids format so every child took part in a 75m sprint, a standing long jump, a vortex howler throw and a 600m run.

This format nurtures a multi-event approach to athletics for young people and actively discourages early specialisation with its potential to miss a developing talent.

Amber Evans was in her usual form in the 75m, coming joint first in the girls time trial in a time of 11 seconds.

Owen James, an established distance runner for his school and an young elite footballer, showed his versatility by coming third overall in the boys race in a fast 10.9 secs.

In the standing long jump, the best jump of 1.91m from Amber Evans gave the athlete a sixth place in the girls competition while in the boys event, Lynden Keeling-Zatta jumped 1.97m, which was also enough for sixth.

The vortex howler, designed to inspire youngsters to broaden their understanding of the javelin throw, saw Hannah Weatherley using her cricketing arm to her advantage and her 22m throw put her joint third.

For the boys, Lynden Keeling-Zatta threw 34.10m which put him in joint 10th position overall.

The final race was the 600m.

Up to 28 athletes set off in four separate races, scored on a time trial basis with Abi Fitton the fastest Buckingham Primary School girl as she came in fifth in a time of 2.07 while Owen James was fourth in 1.52.

The overall standings saw Buckingham Primary School finish the competition in an impressive second place with just Chalfont St Peter’s school ahead of them.

The local team was made up of several year 5s making them a team to watch for next year when the Sportshall Athletics season begins in earnest.

The full team were: Amber Evans, Millie Handley, Beth Turner, Abi Fitton, Rachel Couves, Charlotte Coombes, Hannah Weatherley, Laura Barret, Dario Lall, Charlie Saunders, James Aubrey, Owen James, Louis Garnier, Jake Mould, Tom Carver and Lynden Keeling-Zatta.