Students get the jump on competition
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.