Running, jumping and throwing were the order of day at the Blackpool School Games QuadKids Competition at Stanley Park last Wednesday.
The event was delivered in-line with the England Athletics Schools Competition Programme and saw 80 talented young athletes take to the track and field to compete in a 400m run, vortex howler throw, long jump and 50m sprint.
The Quadkids competition allows children to test their skills at running, throwing and jumping as well as emphasising the importance of teamwork and giving your all
St Teresa’s, Holy Family, Moor Park, Boundary, Roseacre, Mereside, St Kentigerns, Hawes Side, Waterloo and St Cuthbert’s provided the athletes, all of whom had been chosen to represent their schools following earlier competitions.
Blackpool & The Fylde College students officiated as part of a work placement module, ensuring the event ran to time and the participants enjoyed themsleves.
As the competition progressed more and more proud family and friends arrived to cheer on the athletes, which made for a great atmosphere in the sunshine.
The competition came to an exciting finale as the 50m sprints took place in front of the main stand, with all athletes sportingly cheering each other on with the last few points up for grabs.
The final race of the day saw the college students take to the track for a 100m sprint.
Once the students had got their breath back, every school competitor stepped forward to receive individual School Games Quadkids Awards as a celebration of their achievements.
Athletes from Boundary and Waterloo stepped up to receive the bronze and silver medals respectively before Holy Family came forward for the gold medals.
Dave Rohman, Blackpool School Games Organiser, said: “The young participants put on a great sporting show.
“It is great to start the competition pathway for our athletes in Blackpool at such a young age as it provides the ideal opportunity for them to begin their athletics journey from the age of seven.
“The Quadkids competition allows children to test their skills at running, throwing and jumping as well as emphasising the importance of teamwork and giving your all.”