With a fresh line-up of sporting events, over a thousand young athletes will be given the opportunity to go for gold this summer and the excitement is growing!

Athletics will be returning to the Paula Radcliffe Stadium, as our young athletes race on the same track used by champions such as Seb Coe, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Sophie Hahn. We decided to take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of the best moments on the track and in field at last year’s competition.

Stand-out performances were plentiful, such as the Midlands’ Karim Chan, who is also World Junior Para-Athletics Champion, leaping to gold in the Mixed Ambulant Long Jump, soaring to 5.90m.

On the track England South’s Amber Anning, National 300m champion, received arguably the biggest cheer from the crowds as she crossed the line a clear winner. Setting a new School Games record in the process, her fantastic time of 37.79 was unbeatable but Amber wasn’t done there, as she took to the track again for the 4x300m relay, winning a second gold as part of the victorious England South quartet.

Amber arrived at the School Games National Finals with long list of accolades already, including golds at the Commonwealth Youth Games and the Schools International. After another season of success, she commented on her new School Games record:

“The aim this year was to go sub-38. I knew I hadn’t been running enough 300m races, but I’m here today because I won it last year. I wasn’t really going for the medal, I was going for the time and I’m really happy to have achieved it at the end of the season!”

Pippa Earley, a teammate of Anning, was also on fine form as she smashed the School Games 80m hurdles record with 10.94 time to take gold, whilst Scotland’s Olivia Vareille was victorious with a fine run in the women’s 800m. In the field, Northern Ireland’s Anna McClauley sailed over 1.73m, a new personal best, to win the high jump, whilst there was also an impressive 62.00m hammer personal best for England North’s Tara Simpson-Sullivan to secure top spot.

In the blue ribband 100m events Daniel Afolabi and local girl Amy Hunt were victorious with times of 10.86 and 11.92 respectively, despite strong headwinds; those are the kind of times needed by 2018 competitors if they’re going for gold.

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