Athletic superstars from Shaw Ridge Primary School are celebrating after winning the Wiltshire School Games Finals – for the second year running.
At the event, at Marlborough College on Wednesday, the Shaw Ridge year 5 and 6 team took part in the Quadkids athletics event. They were pitted against other teams who had made it through to the finals, with groups of four boys and four girls taking part in a 600m run, a 75m sprint, standing long jump and a ‘vortex howler’ throwing event. All individual performances contributed towards a team score.
Sports coach Phil Scarisbrick said: “It’s a real achievement. We have some really talented athletes here at Shaw Ridge. A lot of the reason for their success is their positive attitude, that real desire to compete. This is something that we have been working with the children on over the last four years and it is really paying off. There’s some more emerging talent coming through in the younger years so we hope to continue this level of success.”
Mr Scarisbrick explained that the school encourages children to take part in a huge variety of different sports, from fencing and golf to tag rugby and athletics, to allow greater opportunity for youngsters to shine.
One of those taking part in the event was Amelia Stobbs, who was also named as top girl athlete on the day – chosen from 300 girls taking part on the day. In addition, Sofia Dauzhenka and Madison Geal were named as joint second place
Amelia said: “It’s all about teamwork. Everyone in our team did really well on the day, it was great fun.”
Also on the day, the school’s year 4 and 5 golf team which won the Swindon heat earlier in the year, went on to secure a runners up place at the Wiltshire School Games finals.
And the year 4 tennis team came third in the Swindon heat to qualify for the Wiltshire final where they came fifth.
Deputy head Joe Lee said: “We are very proud of what the children have achieved. The standard of the opposition was very strong so what these children have achieved is incredible.
“This tops a great year of sport for Shaw Ridge as we have already won the Swindon Town football league kids cup and represented Swindon in the Wiltshire finals earlier in the year. Both Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 tag rugby teams were Swindon champions for the second year running, and our hockey team qualified for the Wiltshire finals after coming second in the Swindon competition.”