Ten athletes from Years 6 – 8 travelled to Birmingham to compete in the National Prep Schools’ Athletics Championships, after gaining 1st or 2nd place at the Regional round at Bedford in June. To have ten athletes from one school representing the East team is a phenomenal achievement! Better still, three of our athletes gained podium positions – truly phenomenal achievements: Fazil Akyol won the U13 High Jump with an amazing jump of 1.54m; Beau Barrington-Hibbert became the U13 discus champion with a huge throw of 25.85m; and Henry Dinwiddy showed extraordinary determination on the track to gain a bronze medal and third place in the 800m. Close behind them, but not quite on the podium this year, Lexi Barrington-Hibbert and Tom Mitchell were both called up to represent the East team in the discus, and for their first major competition they performed exceptionally well against some tough competition; Tom Martin managed to secure a distance in his last throw in the javelin, but he was unlucky not to be called up for a 4th throw in the top 8 of the competition; and the U13 Relay team of Ada Marson, Maddie Buchanan, Libbie Brightey and Ruby Vinton ran a good race with slick changeovers, but unfortunately they were just outside of the qualifying time for the finals. Many, many congratulations to all the athletes: they performed brilliantly on what was a fiercely hot day. Thank you also to Mr Graham and Mr Goddard for their coaching in preparation for the event and on the day, and to all the parents who came to support. Roll on next year!