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More phenomenal athletics

On their return from the World Schools' Athletics in France on Friday 30th June , four of the girls had to then recharge and re-focus as the very next day they travelled to Oxford as part of the intermediate girls’ team who had reached the national final of the Schools’ Track and Field Cup Competition. From an initial entry of over 600 school teams, both our teams had reached the top 12 in the country.

The junior girls went into the final knowing that they had the second highest score in the country but also that they were going to have a tough job on their hands. To their credit, everybody in the team, without exception, scored more points than they had done in the previous round. However, their amazing score of 479 points was still not enough to topple Coopers Coburn from the top spot after their junior girls’ team scored 521 points to win the junior title. SHSG junior girls finished in second place and James Allen School form London scored 423 points to finish third.

The intermediate girls went into the competition knowing that they had the highest score in the country but Wycombe Abbey School from Buckingshire was close on their tails being just 3 points behind them.

The team performed their field event first and at the halfway stage in the competition was in second place to Coopers Coburn School who were 26 points ahead of them. The girls left every ounce of energy they had on the track, again with several of them achieving personal best performances and running so fast that they actually went off the score chart.

After what can only be described as a very anxious and incredibly exciting afternoon of sport, the results were announced. In 3rd place was Millfield School from Somerset with a score of 442 points, in second place was Coopers Coburn School with a score of 456 points and in first place was SHSG with a total score of 490 points.

This is the 19th national athletics’ title that the PE department has won since their first title in 1988. This is probably amongst the top, if not the top, of all the schools in the country.

The girls have had an absolutely phenomenal season of athletics this year and we couldn’t be more proud of all that they have achieved. The PE department is very grateful to all the parents who support their daughters and the school teams on a regular basis. The acronym "TEAM" Together Everybody Achieves More, couldn’t be a more accurate statement!