Fantastic achievements by our athletes again. The girls won the Overall Best School with the U12, U14 and U15s winning team events, the U13 runners up. The Boys Year 9 team were runners up in their team competition.
Nebssa Girls’ Athletics Teams U12 U13 U14 and U15
3 athletes set new records Lydia Mills in the triple Jump blowing away the old record by 80cms Jack Magee in the Javelin and Elliot Crothers in the 100ms 11.68 beating the previous record 11.69 set in 1999.
Lydia Mills and Jack Magee who set new Nebssa Athletic Records in Triple Jump and Javelin respectfully
From this event 21 individual girls qualified 12 of these girls qualified in 2 events
and all 4 age group relays , Minor Junior Inter and Senior.
In the team events Minor and Senior Girls were runners up with the Juniors and Intermediate Girls winning. On points we again are the best School in the District.
Ulster Athletic Championships 18th and 19th May
What a fantastic start to their athletics careers as the Minor Girls become Ulster Champions 2012. The Junior Girls Team were runners up, the Intermediate girls’ also runners up and the Senior Girls were third. This means the Girls placed second overall School for athletics in Ulster having been Ulster Champions the last 2 years.
Emma Hutchinson and Rachel McClements won gold in the High Jump
Emma Hutchinson was also 4th in the 800ms
Tara Whitcroft was 9th in the shot and the Relay Team of Lauren Hilman Luaren McKee Rachel McClements was 4th
In the Minor Boys Ben Sempey was 7th in the High Jump and Josh Young 8th in the Shot. The relay teams just missed out on a place in the final
In the Junior events Lydia Mills broke the triple jump record with an amazing 10.44cm collecting gold in this event and also in the long jump.
She also formed part of the Junior Relay team Sasha Lawther Rebecca Dawson and Kirsty McBarnet who also became Ulster Champions. winning by a huge distance.
Ulster Champions Junior Girls Relay Team 2012
Jaimie McCowan came 5th in the Discus and Kara Wallace 4th in the Javelin.
In the Junior Boys Elliott Crothers had immense opposition in the 100ms and finished a fantastic 6th in the final. Jack Magee claimed gold in the Javelin throwing an amazing 49.47ms to the delight of the large crowd gathered to watch him.
Inter Girls Relay Bronze Medallists Alex Graham Lia McKenzie and Megan Downey
In the Inter girls Megan Downey won silver in the 100ms and Bronze in the 200ms with committed performances. She was also part of the wonderful relay team of Beth Butler Alex Graham and Lia McKenzie who won bronze medals but once again just missed out on Irish qualification.
Emma Wilson won bronze in the 800ms with Anna Lawther finishing in a creditable 6th place.Yasmin Wilson carried on form winning the gold in the 3000ms on Friday evening and added a silver in the 1500ms on Saturday. Beth Shannon gave an amazing performance on Friday evening when she finsined 6th in the 3000ms have stayed with the medal winners for most of the race.
Katie Jamieson was 5th in the High Jump jumping close to her personal best. Hannah McAuley was 5th in the discus and won a well fought bronze in the Javelin.
In the Inter boys Stewart Gault battled the pain barrier to finish 4th in the 400ms. Johnny McKeown faced stiff competition in the Shot and just missed out on a medal placing. Nico Surgeoner against a huge field in the javelin finished 8th.
In the Senior Girls Laura Douglas won bronze in the 1500ms a fantastic achievement in an extremely talented field. Jessica West finished a credible 8th in the long jump.
Emma Patterson the reigning Ulster Javelin Champion at inter level finished 5th in the senior field and went onto win a bronze medal in the triple jump. Tori Wallace continues to work well in the javelin finishing in 5th place. She was extremely busy as both events ran at the same time.
In the senior shot Lindsay Martin finished 5th and Nicola McMillan a great 8th place.
What an exciting time for all of us with the London 2012 Olympics. Over the last 2 years we have been involved in various educational programmes. We have been part of the Olympic Educational Roadshow and have been successful in obtaining the Get Set Award, from the Educational Arm of the Olympics. Having entered one Get Set competition Design My Break a collaboration between Home Economics and Physical Education a group of Year 9 pupils won their Northern Ireland Heat and travelled to the UK Finals in London overlooking the Olympic Park.
3 of our pupils have already competed in the Olympic Stadiums for Northern Ireland Teams in the Youth Games Megan Downey and Yasmin Wilson in the Athletics Stadium and Zoe Wilson on the unusual blue and pitch hockey pitch. The Olympic Torch will e carried on June 3rd by 2 other pupils Kirstie Turner and Lucy Camlin.
The School has adopted the Olympic values of Excellence Respect and Friendship to underpin its planning for the future and to envoke a further level of connected learning for pupils and teaching between departments a series of Olympic Days were planned.
Year 9 and 10 days have already happened with two guest speakers. Laura Kerr a GB and Irish thrower, Northern Ireland record holder at Year 9. Year 10 heard from Kelly Gallacher a GB Skier and the first Northern Ireland athlete selected for the winter Paralympics, she won a silver and bronze in Vancouver 2010 and is World Champion.
After these inspirational words of wisdom pupils moved around a series of tasks which covered Athletes Health Check ( Science and Technology); Tree of Dreams ( Art and English); Athletes Diet ( HE and Maths); Challenging Inclusion( RE and Drama); Bricks and Muscle (PE) ; Sponsorship and Sustainability (Business Studies and Geography); Calorie Burner (HE and PE); and preparation for the Opening Ceremony (PE and Music)
All tasks were hands on, practical in nature and linked to the curriculum already being covered. They were hugely enjoyable for both pupils and staff and were significantly aided by our Year 11 leaders who were phenomenal.
Thanks to all the staff throughout School who aided in all the planning involved in both days. However we are not finished yet, 22nd June we plan to have our own mini Olympics and Global Village where we will have a mixture of culture language and activity . Year 8 will be the competitors selecting an Olympic country and with their Year 11 leaders only speaking this language. We hope to have a flavour of the Continental Market on site as well as educational and careers opportunities. So we welcome you all to attend this event and join with us in celebrating together this exciting year.