On Saturday 7 June a selection of Greensward students represented Castle Point and Rochford District at the County Schools Championships. In order to be selected for the District team the students needed to finish 1st or 2nd at either the senior district athletics championships or the junior trials night.
The Essex Schools Championships competition is by far the toughest in the country and even to be selected through our tough district is an achievement in itself.
Throughout the day there were some fantastic performances; Freddie Trowers (Year 10) finished 7th in the inter boys shot competition, Charlie Cassidy 8th in the Year 7 Long Jump, Lauren Smart 7th in her heat for the Year 7 Girls 200m.
Brandon Thorpe (Year 10), who has competed at this event every year, came 5th in the inter boys 1500m final, a great performance which was backed up in the Junior Boys with Elliott Capel finishing 4th in his respective final. Kwabena Koomson (Year 7) finished just outside the medals in 4th in the Year 7 boys shot putt competition.
But the stand out performances of the day were from Ben O'Donovan (Year 10), Mason Daley (Year 9) and Shereen Raouf (Year 10). Ben O'Donovan competed in the Inter Boys Triple Jump competition. Being a Year 10 he was competing against many boys one year his senior. In the 2nd round he jumped a PB of 12m 46cm which put him in 6th position, sneaking him into the top 6 jump off where he would have a final 3 jumps. Due to inconsistencies with his run up he failed his 4th jump, but in the 5th round he was perfect on the board and flew to a massive PB of 12m 84cm, putting him into 2nd place. Unfortunately, in the final round he was pipped into 2nd by 3cm, but none the less 3rd place at the County Championships is a huge achievement.
Soon after Ben's success, Mason Daley stepped onto the track to compete in the 200m final. After a sluggish start Mason found himself in 7th place after the bend but then he lost the after burners and flew down the home straight. In 10m he had moved from 7th to 2nd and was storming down the last 100m chasing the closing the gap to the leader with every stride. Unfortunately, Mason just ran out of track and finished to take the silver medal.
Last year Shereen Raouf won the junior girls 200m, this year she stepped up to compete in the 300m. Similarly to Ben, Shereen was also competing against many girls a year older. The previous weekend Shereen finished in the silver medal position at the club county championships, and this weekend she was up against the same girl. Shereen strolled into the final after winning her heat with ease earlier in the day in horrendous conditions as the storm overhead battered the athletes below. However Shereen qualified fastest which meant she had the inside lane draw for the final. This advantage was maximised in the final as she chased down her rival in lane 5 and sprinted to victory to become County Champion for the second year running.
A fabulous performance by all throughout the day, they should all be very proud of their achievements.