Sports Day 2019Posted on: July 10th - 2019
Last year, Kappa, who hadn’t had a win since 2013 broke Sigma’s three year winning streak, could they start a streak of their own or would Sigma come back faster and stronger for the 99th LPGS sports day? With Gamma only trailing Kappa by 3 points in 2018 they surely fancied their chances as well . . .
The morning started with the usual festivities - students covered in face paint and adorned in bedazzled t-shirts unpacking bags brimming with food. Teachers losing battles with gazebos and an energetic warm up led by the dance and pe departments. A new addition was the inclusion of a series of Yoga sessions being run by Mrs Stavrou which was enjoyed throughout the day by both staff and students.
Sadly Mr Maisey (“if she had run a bit faster, she would have won” and “there is no ‘i’ in team, but there is in athletics”) was deployed elsewhere this year but his replacement Miss Walker, had come prepared . . . with a series of basketball jokes.
It wasn’t long before the first events started. Kappa took gold in the Y7 and Y8 race thanks to Mia S and Emily A respectively but they were pushed back to second and third in the Y9 and Y10 races where Y9 Lola B took the gold for Gamma and Y10 Erika H passed the line first for Lambda. Congratulations to Emily A who ran the fastest 80m hurdles of day with a time of 13.50 seconds, a new Y8 and whole school record!
With the hurdles packed away the 200m saw two more wins for Kappa (Y7 Hannah C and Y9 Kyra S-L) but they were denied the full sweep by Lambda who took the remaining golds (Y8 Bella L and Y10 Katherine P). Bella ran the fastest 200m of the day with an impressive time of 29.15, just 0.10 shy of the Y8 record currently held by Ashley H since 2011).
Kappa may have been dominating on the track but the discus event was dominated by Yellow and Red with Lambda taking gold in Y8 (Abi C) and Y10 (Brianna K, best throw of the day with 18.36cm) and Sigma racking up max points with Y7 Abi P and Y9 Francesca R out throwing the competition.
In her first sports day, Gamma athlete Carla F in Y7 won her round with an impressive jump of 3.55cm, a new Y7 record, this was followed by wins for Kappa Y8 Emily A (4.42cm), Gamma Y9 Katie K (3.2cm) and Kappa Olumda O (3.8cm).
The Y7 and Y8 800m runners set out at quite the pace, surely they couldn’t maintain this, true enough by the final 300m some runners had run out of steam a little too early but Kappa managed to get another gold on the board with an impressive run by Y7 Talluah N who came in at 2mins 31 secs, a new school record across all year groups, we look forward to seeing what she does in future sports days! Havannah G, who won Lambdas first gold last year added to their haul with gold in the Y9 race with Kappa students Carys F (Y8, 2mins 44secs) and Malaysia N (Y10 2mins 41secs) allowing them to inch further into the lead.
Kappa had lost their lead by 11.00am with Gamma just 7 points ahead and the following pack within striking distance.
Before the midday heat kicked in the 300m kicked off. Kathleen S paced herself well for a comfortable win in the Y7 race whilst year 9s Evie C (Gamma) and Niamh F (Sigma) battled it out to the end with just 0.48 of a second separating them.
With the sun still beating down the last thing people wanted to do was to put more clothes on but that is what the next racers had to do in the clothing relay. Hats, scarves and skirts were thrown on whilst trying to navigate their lanes. Kappa took 3 golds from Y7 Tia D, Y9 Lily B and Y10 Ria S all winning their races but they were denied the clean sweep by Sigma student Alexa T who inched over the line 0.29 seconds before Kappa athlete Natalie H.
Although Kappa and Sigma seemed to be taking most of the golds, Gamma were moving up the ranking with lots of 3rd and 4th places putting them in a close 3rd behind Sigma at the halfway point. Kappa had been in many times before, could they maintain their current position.
In the afternoon all eyes were on the high jump as the bar just kept rising. Last year Kappa took all the golds on offer in this event, although they couldn’t maintain this in 2019 they did manage to get 2 out of 4; a pattern they seemed to repeating across multiple events. Y8, Y9 and Y10 high jumpers all peaked at 130cm with an impressive 105cm being achieved by Rebecca in Y7.
The shot putt event was dominated by Gamma who took the gold in Y7 (Isabel B, 6.98cm) Y8 (Kayla F, 7.35cm (an impressive extension on her 7m throw from last year) and Y9 (Jessica, 7.79cm). Y10 Sigma athlete Nia kept her house in the running by throwing the best shot of the day with 8.7cm just 15cm short of the all time school record.
The Paarlauf brought about the normal quizzical expressions, paar-what, paar-who, whats a paarlauf? (It’s a relay involving 2 or more people per team. Each member takes it in turn running. The baton must make it around the track multiple times, in this case 6 times. Each house took a gold across the year groups. The scores were still close with every athlete participating earning valuable points for their team no matter what position they came in.
The 3 legged relay requires flawless co-ordination and 10KD repeated their success from last year and managed to race around the track like a well oiled machine, finishing in 60 seconds flat. There was also some strong welly wanging happening on the field but it was Y8, Ellie H who had the furthest wang of the day with a huge throw of 18.25m – a new Y8 record.
With only 4 events left the sprinters took to the track for the 100m. It was their first LPGS sports day and the year 7 competitors had a steely glare in their eyes they waited at the start line before storming down the straight. It was a close race between Nina W and Alexia M-R with Nina just .72 of second separating them with Nina taking the gold for Gamma. Nina time of 13.17 was just .09 short of the current Y7 record held by Sarita D-H. Sigma athlete Sarita looked like one to watch last year and she didn’t disappoint in 2019 when she ran in the Y8 race where she dipped over the line .59 seconds before Gamma athlete Kadie J. Her time of 12.90 was just .06 seconds away from the current Y8 record set back in 2013. The Y9 race was the closest of the day with less than a second separating positions 1 – 4. Lamda took gold and silver with Shania C and Sophie Lake just crossing the line in front of Kappa athletes Jasmine R and Jodie C. (times 14.62, 14.86, 15.43 and 15.55). Sigma won first and second in the Y10 race with winner Georgia H running an impressive 13.06 secs.
The high anticipated relay rounded off the track events, legs were weary and the humidity was taking it’s toll. The Y7 relay record has held strong since 2011, could this be the year that it was broken? Both Kappa groups started strong with 7GA also storming around the first bend on the outside lane. 7KD put the rockets on during the second leg but 7GA responded well maintaining a level pace as both teams managed a smooth handover. It was still neck and neck as they came down the final straight both athletes determined to reach the line first and secure some of the final points of the day. As they crossed the line, 7KD had broken the 2011 record by .16 of a second coming in at 63.44 secs but unlucky for them 7GA crossed over at 63.44 secs and were now the new record holders!
Gamma who are historically very strong in the relay were on a roll and took gold again in the Y8 and Y9 races. Could their late resurgence push them to the top? Sigma denied them the full set of relay golds and came in with the fastest relay time of the day with 61.66 secs. Shy of the current year 10 record of 55.39 secs.
As the track quietened down the javelin was still taking place with some unorthodox throws coming from the competitors. There was just 20 points between second and third place at this point. It was all going to come down to this event. Gamma athlete, Caitlin L in Y7 threw an impressive 16.5m, whilst D Bell in Y10 repeated her success from last year and threw the best of the day with 27.2m (beating her distance of 24.09m form last year) to take another gold for Sigma. Y9 Oneli D-S got Lamdas final gold with a throw of 17.8m and Y8 Eleanor Y wrapped up a successful day for Kappa with her winning throw of 24m.
After falling in the out of the lead throughout the day Kappa had done it - the defending champions had made it two in a row! Will they be able to keep this streak going? Check back next year for the 100th LPGS sports day!
The final scores of the day were: