In beautiful sunshine but soaring temperatures, hundreds of children from around the country impressively competed in the ISA National Athletics Finals on Monday (19th June) at Alexander Stadium. Compared to last year, the weather was a welcome change but with it came a new challenge. On one of the hottest days of the year, children from age 9 – 16 put on a real show of outstanding athletic ability, exemplary attitude and sportsmanship that was well placed within an international sports arena that in the past has been graced by the likes Mo Farah and Jess Ennis.
Spectators were blessed with some remarkable performances and in total 20 national records were broken. We all knew it was going to be a successful day when E.Scott from London South smashed the Year 7 Boys 1500m record, beating it by over 10 seconds; remember the name! The event continued to encourage awesome performances and records continued to tumble. Serena Vincent claimed another shot put record, achieving a huge 15.50m and Abbie White from the South West dominated her 800m event to achieve a new national record. High standards were maintained throughout the day, even throughout the relays when the competitors could quite understandably be wilting, records were still being surpassed. In fact a four national relay records were broken including the Claires Court Year 5 Boys who, if they stick together, will be a force to be reckoned with for many years to come.
Regardless of all the outstanding individual and team performances, the day must be remembered for the achievements of all who were there. To qualify for this event is a remarkable achievement and one that every competitor should be very proud of.
Eventually, all the points were accumulated and despite a strong challenge from London South, the eventual overall winners were London West who defended their 2016 crown. All the team results can be seen below and all event results can be found by clicking on the following links
Overall Team Results