Year 7 Excel in First Academy Fixture

On Thursday 17th June, a group of Year 7 athletes competed in their year group’s first competitive fixture since joining the school in September.

The event was also the first Academy fixture since the start of the pandemic and saw the team of 14 strong compete against some of the finest athletes from schools across South Devon in the inaugural Year 7 Athletics meet of the 2020/21 season.

Paignton Academy was able to boast a strong array of talent in both its teams, with the girls dream team comprising of Miley Broadway, Ellissia Hayden-Pugh, Shayla Hellier, Olivia Lamare, Trinity Ley, Steffi Parkin, Grace Wilkinson-Cross, while the boys were well represented throughout by Logan Aston, Joseph Coulton, Bailey Courtenay-Coles, Sam Greaves, Riley Osman, Ethan Ratcliffe, Oliver Rylance.

The competition format saw the boys compete in their track events first, while the girls took to the field to demonstrate their skill in the throwing and jumping events. 

As the first half of the competition progressed, both the boys’ and girls’ teams were setting some impressive times, distances and heights in their respective disciplines. 

The stand out performances for the girls’ field events came from Ellissia Hayden-Pugh who scooped the silver medal in the High Jump and Grace Wilkinson-Cross who secured an excellent second place finish in the Shot Putt.

While the girls were impressing on the field, the boys performed just as well on the track with Sam Greaves securing the bronze medal in the 100m, and Riley Osman winning the same accolade in the 200m. Riley’s superb performance in the 200m was, however, eclipsed by a member of his own team, as Bailey Courtenay-Coles romped to an excellent gold medal to earn the award of “fastest 200m runner of the competition”, a quite remarkable achievement.

As the girls’ and boys’ teams swapped venues, there was to be more success for the boys’ team with Sam Greaves earning his second medal of the night with some superb jumps in the High Jump, while the girls’ team were not to be outdone by their male counterparts, as Steffi Parkin won a brilliant bronze in the 100m and the aforementioned Wilkinson-Cross secured a double silver with another fantastic second place in the 200m.

Both teams also finished the night strongly with excellent performances in the final event of the evening, the 4 x 100m relay, with the boys winning the final PA medal of the night with an outstanding third place finish and the girls narrowly missing out on the podium with a great fourth placed run.

Medals and performances aside, this group of young people demonstrated incredible determination and teamwork through the entirety of the evening and have really set the bar high for future fixtures.

Huge thanks must go to Mr Clarke and Mr Hudson for giving up their evenings to run the fixture.

Extra-Curricular is well and truly back!

Well done to everyone involved.

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