The Paula Radcliffe Stadium, which has hosted many sporting champions over the years, opened its doors today for the first of our two-day athletics competition.

Beginning the athletics proceedings, Jasmine Jolly of England North flew across the finish line of the 300m hurdles to defend the title she won 12 months ago. Crossing the line with a time of 42.97, she adds the School Games title to her English Schools, England Athletics and Schools Home International titles won this summer.

A new School Games record was set by England North’s Keely Hodgkinson, who won gold in the 800m with a fantastic time of 2:04.89. England South’s Morgan Squibb, in the 1500m steeplechase, also set another School Games record, running an amazing 5:01.06, whilst in the field Max Lees threw a huge 73.40m in the javelin, just 5cm shy of the record.

Down at Martin Hall, our canoeing and rowing athletes competed in the individual heats, using static ergometer technology. In the year 10 competition, Izzy Macpherson, 15, set a new personal best of 1,330m in the five minute time limit. Izzy commented:

 “It was amazing; I’ve worked really hard for this and I’ve really wanted this, so honestly it means a lot, it really does. I know I haven’t won anything yet, but I’m so proud of my personal best.”

The National Cricket Performance Centre hosted the first cricket games of the weekend, with Team Brunt beating Team Knight by 19 runs, scoring 126 all out in 20 overs.

Over at Derby Velodrome, the School Games cyclists were tested in a variety of bunch races including the scratch race and elimination race. The England Eastern team saw plenty of success, with their athletes Sophie Lewis and Iona Moir winning the Girls A and Girls B scratch races respectively. Fellow England Eastern cyclist Oscar Nilsson-Julien also topped the scratch Boys A leader-board. It was Scotland’s Aaron King who won the Boys B scratch race.

Hockey began its second day today, with stand-out performances from Scotland Girls (winning 4-0 over England Girls Blue) in their first game of the tournament. Scotland’s Ellie Mckenzie, 15, whp scored two of Scotland’s goals, said:

“It was a great game and the team played brilliantly together. I’m really enjoying the School Games and can’t wait for our next match.”

Amongst the eight hockey matches taking place, it was tight between Ulster Boys and England Blue Boys in a game that ended 2-1 to Ulster; it was Daniel Marshall who scored Ulster’s second goal, leading them to victory.

Making its School Games debut today was Laser Run, as athletes competed in the individual event. Scotland dominated the competition, winning gold in both the U14 Boys (Kai Crawford) and the U14 Girls (Susie Roberts). Of her performance 13-year-old Roberts said:

“It was really tense to start with; the shooting did not go to plan at all! I had to run really, really hard but it was great once I’d finished.”

Netball entered its second day of competition, with six games taking place. Team Bath showed their prowess on court with an impressive 33-15 victory over an ever-determined Scotland.

Manchester Thunder faced Surrey Storm in one of the closest matches of the day, narrowly clinching the win with a score of 31-29.  London Pulse also asserted their dominance on the competition with a 37-5 win over Northern Ireland.

School Games triathletes faced the cycling event today, consisting of a figure of eight skills test and circuit races. England East’s Jack Stanton-Stock put in an exceptional performance to clinch the gold medal in the boy’s individual, climbing back up the leader-board after finishing eighth in the aquathlon yesterday. It was South West’s Daisy Davies who achieved a similar feat to win the girl’s individual gold.

In the para-triathlon competitions Megan Richter (West Midlands) and Finlay Jakes (South-East) carried on where they left off on day one, extending their leads to win gold. The triathlon returns tomorrow for the mixed team relay.

The wheelchair basketball kicked off today with four nail-biting matches. In Pool A, England North got off to a fantastic start, defeating a strong Wales by 65-46. Wales later won, though, against England South, 56-35.

In Pool B, England Central took on a solid Northern Ireland squad, including 2016 Paralympic Katie Morrow, in a game that finished 45-54 to a victorious Northern Ireland.

Over on the tennis courts, wheelchair tennis got off to a great start, with the first rounds of the boy’s and girls’ singles and doubles competition serving up some thrilling encounters. In the girl’s competition, it was England Blue’s Abbie Breakwell who put in a stand-out performance, finishing her match victorious after a tough match against Ruby Bishop of England White. Sent to a tough ten-point tie break in their last set, it was Breakwell who eventually took the win 10-8. Commenting on her performance she said:

“It went really well; there was a few ups and downs but that’s what tennis is. I’m pleased with my performance, but I have a few things I need to work on.”

You can read up on the full results of every sport here and catch the livestreams of many events on our sport specific pages.