On Monday 9th July 2018, the Leigh Academies Trust secondary school sports day took place, attended for the first time by nine academies including The Halley Academy, which joined the Trust on 1st March 2018. This exciting event coincided fittingly with the tenth anniversary of Leigh Academies Trust. To celebrate, a Trust relay event for boys and girls was included in the programme, with a commemorative trophy and medals for the winners.
Athletes from the nine academies already had a lot to be proud of, having succeeded in their respective academy sports days to qualify for this event. Each academy competed in a series of sprints, long-distance and relay races, and throwing and jumping events in the hope of being crowned Trust champions for 2018.
High standards were evident from the opening 1,500m race, with outstanding individual performances from Bethany Panton (Longfield Academy) and Cayden Foley (Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy), who clocked impressive times of 5.22 and 4.49 minutes respectively. Talent was spread evenly across the track and field events, with only a few points separating the top three teams until lunch time.
The Halley Academy, which finished second overall, boasted some impressive performances and was close to taking the lead after an excellent sprint from Kola Salami in the 200m race, clocking 23.63 minutes. However, The Leigh Academy managed to retain its championship title, helped by individual ‘outstanding athlete’ award winners Charlotte Earle and Raul Zanfir.
Milestone Academy also took part and, thanks to consistent training and exemplary attitudes on the day, performed extremely well. You can see the final standings and some pictures below:
1st The Leigh Academy 515 points
2nd The Halley Academy 451 points
3rd Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy 390 points
4th Mascalls Academy 364 points
5th Longfield Academy 361 points
6th Wilmington Academy 273 points
7th Strood Academy 228 points
8th The Leigh UTC 73 points