A wet and windy Wednesday morning in Blackpool was not going to stop children from local primary schools from taking to the track and field at Stanley Park for the Blackpool School Games Quadkids Athletics Competition.
Quadkids Start is the format Years 3 and 4 pupils and sees children compete in a four-event programme which combines a 400m run, vortex howler throw, standing long jump and finally a 50m sprint.
Since the start of term, the pupils have worked hard in PE lessons and after-school clubs before taking part in a competition to represent their school at Stanley Park.
Holy Family, St Teresa’s, Anchorsholme, Moor Park, Boundary, Marton, Stanley, Christ The King, Hawes Side, Waterloo, St Nicholas and Devonshire provided the young athletes who were guided through the events by young leaders from Blackpool Sixth.
There was lots of encouragement from teachers, friends and family among the spectators.
The young leaders from Blackpool Sixth presented all the teams with their individual achievement awards.
The athletes from Anchorsholme were treated to lots of cheers when they were announced as Quadkids Champions before stepping forward to receive their winners’ medals.
Dave Rohman, Blackpool School Games Organiser, said “We were on weather watch all morning but the talented youngsters taking part kept everyone’s spirits high as they put on a great show of running, jumping and throwing with smiles on their faces.
“The athletics arena at Stanley Park is a fantastic venue and shows the children in Blackpool what they get engage in after the school bell has sounded and over the weekends.
“Quadkids requires the children to have all-round athletics ability rather than one single discipline, so they have to stay focused throughout and put a lot of hard work in during the weeks leading up to the competition.
“Thanks to the support team from Sport Blackpool and Blackpool Sixth for their perseverance on a typical rainy and blustery September day in Blackpool.”