IAPS National Prep Schools’ Athletics Championships
On Tuesday 2nd July four Gad’s athletes represented Kent in the Prep Schools’ National Athletics Finals held at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. Amber Durrant (Under 14 Hurdles and High Jump), Bethany Williams (Under 13 100m), Edward Taylor (Under 12 Javelin) and Jessica Avery (Under 12 100m) all qualified having won the Kent Prep Schools’ Championships earlier in the term.
This championship brings together all the Independent Preparatory and Junior Schools in the country, including the likes of Millfield, The Dragon, King’s Canterbury to name a few. The standard is very high and each event had a large number of entries.
Bethany Williams – U13 100m. Bethany came second in her heat with the fastest 8 runners qualifying for the final. She gained the tenth fastest time and narrowly missed out on a run in the final. There were about 20 runners in the event.
Edward Taylor – U 12 Javelin. Edward is new to javelin throwing and did well to qualify be winning the Kent Championships. He had to face a strong wind which affected his throwing technique and his best throw was about 5 metres off his best. However he finished in nineth place out of a field of 18 throwers
Jessica Avery – U 12 100m. Jessica may well have qualified for the 200m if she had not been injured at the Kent Championships. However in the 100 metres, she achieved second place in her heat and easily qualified for the Final. Her run in the final was excellent and she achieved third place and was awarded the Bronze medal.
Amber Durrant – U 14 Hurdles. Amber came third in her heat and went through to the final as one of the fastest eight runners. In a very tight race with the top five runners in close contention, Amber was given third place and awarded the bronze medal.
Amber Durrant – U 14 High Jump. Amber did not fail on any of her attempts up to the height of 1.58m. At this stage she was one of two jumpers left in the competition; the National record was 1.56m. Both jumpers failed their attempts at this height and were awarded joint first place.
To have a National Prep Schools’ Champion and two third place athletes is a fantastic achievement by our school. All athletes should be applauded for a fine effort and achievement.