Athletes from Northern Ireland took part in the UK Schools Games in Loughborough at the weekend, bringing home 1 gold, 3 silvers and a number of PB performances.
Athletes from different areas across the UK were added into teams under the names of cities which had previously hosted the Olympic Games, providing them with a great opportunity to meet and train with young athletes from across the UK.
Andrew Greer won the Boys 100m Wheelchair event in a time of 17.13, while Catherine Martin ran a strong race in the Girls 3000m, beating her own PB by 17 seconds to grab the silver medal in a time of 9:51.74. Rebecca Rossiter added to the medal haul with a silver in the Girls 1500m, finishing in a time of 4:27.93, ahead of Kirsti Foster, who finished in 4th place in 4:29.07, very close her to season’s best 4:28.58.
Natalie McCrory claimed silver as she competed in the Universal Team Relay, finishing in a total time of 58:06 as well as a 7th place finish in the Girls Triple Jump, jumping 11.06m.
Northern Ireland’s future javelin talent was on show as Ellie McCurdy finished 4th in the Girls competition with a new PB of 41.59m and Blaine Lynch finished in 6th place in the Boys competition with a PB of 54.09m.
In the Boys 100m Hurdles event, Zane McQuillan finished in 5th place in a time of 13.68, with Finn O’Neill only 0.01 seconds behind in 6th place in a PB of 13.69. Sophie Parlous ran a strong race in the Girls 100m to finish in 7th in 12.99, while Lughaidh Mallon finished the Boys 1500m in 8th place in 4:15.28.
The UK School Games provided an excellent opportunity for the young athletes to experience a high-level competition setting and they all worked extremely hard to succeed on the day.
Full results for the Athletics events can be found here: https://www.schoolgamesfinals.org/sports/athletics/athletics-results/athletics-results/