Stu­dents get the jump on com­pe­ti­tion

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE -

Yar­loop Pri­mary School won the Wat­tle Di­vi­sion Ath­let­ics Car­ni­val hand­i­cap shield for the first time thanks to the ef­forts of ju­nior cham­pion girl Akasha Ash­both, cap­tains David Shawcross and Cooper Ross and run­ner-up cham­pion boy Caleb Halling. Yar­loop was the small­est of the eight schools com­pet­ing with 20 of its stu­dents at­tend­ing the car­ni­val.

Yar­loop Pri­mary School has claimed the hand­i­cap shield for the first time at the Wat­tle Di­vi­sion Ath­let­ics Car­ni­val.

The shield is awarded to the school with the most points, ad­justed for the amount of stu­dents.

The car­ni­val caters to small schools in the re­gion and of the eight com­pet­ing schools, Yar­loop was the small­est with just 20 stu­dents from Years 1-6.

Yar­loop had some stand out per­form­ers on the day with Year 2 stu­dent Akasha Ash­both tak­ing home the ti­tle of Ju­nior Cham­pion Girl and Year 4 stu­dent Caleb Halling claim­ing Run­ner-Up In­ter­me­di­ate Cham­pion Boy.

Akasha placed first in long jump and throw­ing and said her favourite event was the 200m run.

Caleb won 75m sprint and 200m events and said he liked run­ning be­cause he got to push his lim­its.

Sport teacher Kristy Fim­mano said all the stu­dents showed won­der­ful sports­man­ship, team­work and lead­er­ship and did their school proud.

Prin­ci­pal John Col­lis said win­ning the shield was a great achieve­ment for the stu­dents and they were thrilled to be in­volved.

“It was the first time we’ve been able to win it since it was in­tro­duced in 2011 so that was great,” Mr Col­lis said.

“It’s great for the kids’ pride – pride in their school and pride in them­selves.

Mr Col­lis said events such as this were im­por­tant in en­cour­ag­ing stu­dents to do their best.

“It’s great for the school and great for the kids,” Mr Col­lis said.

Photo avail­able at west­ Pic­ture: Sam Gibbs

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