St Catherine’s crowned area Quad Kids winners
15 June 2017
St Catherine’s were this year’s winners of the Bridport and Beaminster area Quad Kids athletics competition. 14 teams battled it out at the Sir John Colfox Academy on a lovely afternoon which was led by school PE staff alongside their young sports leaders. Teams of 8 ( 4 girls and 4 boys) each completed a 75 metre sprint, a howler throw, a standing long jump and a gruelling 600m run. The times and distances were then converted into Quad Kids points to decide team and individual winners!
St Catherines’ A team held on to their lead at this event with an amassed score of 1497 points beating Symondsbury into second place yet again with 1391 points. Bridport Primary School were close behind, in third place with 1276 points. Teams from Powerstock, Beaminster St Mary’s, Salway Ash, Parrett and Axe A and B, Loders, Thorners, Burton Bradstock, St Catherine’s B and Bridport St Mary’s 1 & 2 all acquitted themselves very well indeed.
The individual boy and girls winners received trophies from Headteacher, David Herbert, for the highest personal combined totals. Oakley Winters O’Brien, from St Catherine’s, took the boys title with 251 points and Frankie Thomas from Burton Bradstock was the girls champion with a score of 184 points. Both athletes showed amazing potential and great determination.
Whilst the event scoring recognises all round ability there were also some stand out individual performances on the day. Oakley Winters-O’Brien from St Catherines’ made light work of 600m with an impressive time of 1.59 mins earning him 71 points! Ava-Mai Beazer had the fastest time of 2.17 for the girls 600m. Kieron Cheeseman (Parrett & Axe) and Oliver Wallis (Thorners) were the fastest sprinters for the boys with a time of 11.3 seconds, with Frankie Thomas (Burton Bradstock) the fastest girl at 11.4sec. Oakley Winters-O’Brien from St Catherines’ was the boy’s longest jumper with a leap of 2.10m. Amelia Handyside (Burton Bradstock) scored 49 points for her jump of 1.80m. Isla Hutchins from Thorners’ threw 20.9m in the girls’ howler event with Ed Maltby from Thorners’ throwing a huge 41.10m which gained the highest score of the day in any event, 84 points!
David Herbert commented, “This was another tremendously successful event and the young athletes should all be proud of their effort and performances. It was wonderful to have so many spectators present and we would like to thank the competing schools for taking part in such keen spirit’.
St Catherine’s and Symondsbury will now represent the area at the Dorset School Games which are to be held at Bryanston School in late June. Quad Kids has become a very popular event in the calendar and nationally is the reconsider format for primary schools athletics. More information and full results of this event can be found at www.quadkids.org.