On Tuesday, 6th February, our Junior Games team travelled to Dubai to participate in the World Games against schools from across the globe. After resting on the Wednesday with a desert safari the competition started in earnest yesterday. See below for Miss Kennedy’s report on the Athletics competition:
Day 1 of the World School Games got off to a very foggy start (although it didn’t stop the boys from pointing out EVERY supercar that they saw)! After a short delay, the fog finally rose and the games got underway! We were welcomed by British Olympic Gold Medallist Greg Rutherford, who inspired the children and proclaimed the games open, and the Athletics competition began.
The morning session saw the girls take to the track, where PBs were smashed and finals achieved. Whilst the girls were taking all the glory from their travelling fans, the boys were slowly but surely showing their abilities out in the field. After a somewhat brief lunch, the boys took to the track to showcase their talent, while the girls got their time in the field.
The day was wrapped up with the relays, this year taking a heats and finals format. These were extremely successful for St Cats with both the boys and the girls putting on an excellent display in their heats, both hitting second place. This put both teams into their respective finals. Legs were starting to look heavy but nothing could get in the way of their hunt for medals. The girls took to the final first, starting in lane 3. They had a flying start from lead runner Maria-Anna, who readily rose to the challenge of the rival teams, passing onto Era. Era fought off competition down the first straight to make a lovely change over to Aliki, who got her foot straight on the gas and flew around the final bend into the waiting hand of Irini. She was aiming for glory and her eyes didn’t move off the finishing tape for the final leg as she powered the girls into an incredible 3rd position! Well done girls!
Now the challenge had been set for the boys…refusing to be outshone by their female counterparts, they suddenly found a new a new lease of life, and sprung straight into action. Powered by the legs of Christos, Yiannis, Konstantinos and Elias, they made light work of their race, completely smashing their qualifying times and powering through to match the girls with a brilliant 3rd place. Well done to the boys as well!
Overall, the whole team performed excellently, showing that the whole day is not just about individual success, but working as a team to score points across the board. All of the athletes worked extremely hard, especially as the Dubai heat started to kick in. A special mention must go to Liam, Hippocrates and Paris who all pushed themselves extremely well through the heat in their middle distance races.
The medal ceremonies showed how well the St Cats team had performed in their individual events:
Anna Stroubou – Gold – 600m
Era Agiostratitis – Gold – High Jump
Aliki Psaltis – Silver – High Jump
James Wantenaar – Silver – Shot Put
Relay Bronze medals:
Girls 4 x 100m Relay – Maria-Anna Panagopoulos, Era Agiostratitis, Aliki Psaltis, Irini Theofanous
Boys 4 x 100m Relay – Christos De Meis, Yiannis Constantakopoulos, Konstantinos Skazas, Elias Sideras
A special mention must also go to all of our track finalists who scored vital points for the team:
Irini Theofanous – 150m Final
Cecilia Collias – 150m Final
Aliki Psaltis – 75m Final
St Cats closed Day 1 in a very respectable 4th place putting the team into a great position for the football tournament on Day 2!