Success on track, in the field and on court for Junior School pupils

The Athletics and Tennis squads produced impressive results in their respective AJIS (Association of Junior Independent Schools) competitions.

Athletics

Our athletes demonstrated their energy and ability with strong performances at the AJIS Championships in Stanley Park, Blackpool.

Despite the rain 40 schools took part and our pupils competed well in the heats with 14 out of 16 qualifying for their event final.

In the field events Max Day jumped a personal best to secure the bronze medal in the high jump in the U10 competition whilst Libby Bowden and Patrick Wilkinson stayed in the high jump competition until the end but were beaten out of the medals on countback.

AJIS Championships group

On the track the girls were fantastic. Darcy Breen won the Year 5 600 metres and Amy Jack finished 3rd in the Year 6 final. Libby Bowden fought hard to hold onto 3rd place in the Year 6 150m sprint and Annabel Mobley was outstanding, setting a new championship best time of 11.40 seconds, to win the Year 6 80m sprint.

All four relay teams were particularly successful as they won their heats. In the finals the girls made the best of their chances with the Year 5 team finishing in the medals but sadly being disqualified for an illegal changeover. The Year 6 girls made the finishing straight in second place but overtook Kirkham Grammar in the last 10 metres to steal the win and seal the gold medals.

Tennis

Year 6 pupil William Morris had an ace time at the AJIS Tennis Tournament at King’s School in Chester as he won the top prize at the competition.

William put in a strong performance and finished top of his group then swept aside his challenger in the semi-final to set up a match against Manchester Grammar in the final. He built up a 5-3 lead but the score was levelled up by a determined challenge from his opposite number. William was able to keep his cool though and won the next two games to clinch the tournament victory.

William Morris

This is the second consecutive year that a Stockport Grammar Junior School pupil has won this tournament.

Fellow Year 6 pupil Patrick Wilkinson also performed extremely well at the event. He finished second in his group and went through to the plate competition. Despite his best efforts he was knocked out in the semi-final but he can be rightly proud of making it so far.

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