Albany Students shone as they represented the school at the annual District Athletics Competition. The competition, held at Robin Park in Wigan, is an opportunity to bring together some of Chorley’s best young athletes to compete in track events such as the 100m and 1500m and field events including the Discus and long jump.
Students from all year groups put in stellar performances with many achieving first place and podium finishes as well personal bests. The students were entered into the events based on the results of the school’s sports day held in early June. The schools own sports day, which is highly competitive, is a perfect platform for students to perform and hone their skills before the district competition. Students who performed well and won their specific events in their Year groups are then chosen to represent the school against other athletes from across Chorley.
There were fantastic performances from the girls in Year 7 with the standout performance coming from Ria Walsh claiming first place in the Long Jump and podium finishes from Libby Blight (2nd in Shot Putt), Piper Stevens (2nd in the 800m), Grace Davidson (3rd in the 200m). The Year 7 boys team also proved to be strong competitors with the stand out performer being Mathew Flatters who achieved 1st in the 1500m with an amazing time of 5.04 minutes and 3rd in the Long Jump.
The Year 8 team of boys and girls achieved 3rd place overall repeating their efforts from the previous year. The standout performer was Christopher Ash who won the 100m with a time of 12.23 seconds. This performance was then complimented by a victory in the 200m with a time of 26.29 seconds and third in the Long Jump. The performance of Chis was truly amazing, his 100m time was so quick he would have won the Year 9 race and even finished second in the Year 10 race. This is a phenomenal achievement and he certainly is an athlete for the future.
There were other notable performances from Albany Year 8 students, including, Bethany Reid finishing 1st in 800m and 3rd in the 200m which is remarkable as they are two different disciplines and many athletes cannot excel in both. Sean Moss also performed well in the Discus throwing 20.90m and finishing second in a competitive group. Daniel McDonald performed well achieving a fantastic time of 13.12 seconds in the 100m and helping the 100m sprint relay team to a second place finish.
A strong Year 9 squad was sent, with three second place finishes from Owen Green (400m), Elishea Hilton (Shot Putt) and Niamh Holmes (Long Jump). There were two victories in the Year 10 competition with Ellie Baker coming first in the 200m and David Williams throwing an incredible 28.06m to win the Javelin competition. Ellie baker also achieved 2nd in the 300m and with 3rd place finishes from Leon O’Malley (Long Jump) and Katie Flatters (100m)
The boys PE teacher, Mr Peacock, said, “Once again we are extremely proud of all our athletes who have worked enthusiastically throughout the Summer term. This has culminated in a very successful Schools Sports Day and exceptional individual and team performances at the District Athletic Championships. Well done.”
Mrs Milburn, who teaches PE to the girls at Albany added, “All Albany competitors had a fantastic attitude and many came away with personal bests. We are very proud of their achievements.”