Pupils on a high in sports day
A HURDLER is enjoying life in the fast lane after competing at the highest level.
Abby Pountain enjoyed an easy victory in the 75m hurdles as students at The King’s Academy, Coulby Newham, took to the track and field.
The 14-year- old member of Middlesbrough and Mandale Athletics Club recorded a comfortable 13.06 seconds at her school sports day following on from competing recently in the English Schools’ Champion- ships in Birmingham.
With a personal best of 12.4 seconds, she hopes to compete at elite level in both hurdles and long jump. “I love athletics and have been competing for the past four years,” she said. “I started off in cross country but now prefer sprinting and long jump.”
Her display of athleticism was one of a host of impressive performances on the track and field as students competed in sprint and middle distance events, shotput, javelin, discus and long jump.
Footballer Tom Brynn, 15, transferred his sporting skills to take the honours in the javelin, while Year 9 student George Oakley, 14, excelled himself with a comfortable win in the discus.
Head of sport Chris Lynch said: “We are blessed with some very accomplished athletes who compete in their chosen sports at the highest levels, which really inspires other students at our annual sports day.”
Abby Pountain on her way to another record at The King’s Academy