Published: 17 June, 2010
by STEVE BARNETT
ATHLETES from Rosary School left their mark on the history books on Friday when they became the first team in more than a decade to beat Gospel Oak in the Camden Schools Athletics Championships.
Youngsters from Gospel Oak have dominated the winners’ podium at Parliament Hill fields, but for the first time in 11 years there is now a new name engraved on the coveted shield.
Year 3 to Year 6 children from Rosary School in Haverstock Hill showed off their skills at the prestigious tournament, which is organised by the Camden Schools Sports Association.
Brothers Charlie and Harry Brunning dominated in middle distance races, with Charlie winning gold in the 400m and 800m, while Harry also captured gold in the 400m in his age group.
Staying on the track, Arnold Mensuoh and Daniel Ortiz dominated the Year 6 80m sprint to take gold and silver respectively, an achievement matched by Dominic Ogbechie and Conleth Gallagher who won gold and silver in their 400m race.
Sprinters Kai Steinson and Frankie Peet finished first and third respectively in a very competitive Year 5 race.
Despite missing out on a medal, Max and Millye Johnson showed great determination in their runs.
Triumphant Arnold returned home with a hat-trick of medals after also winning silver in both the long jump and the triple jump.
The impressive medal haul continued to climb with Biniyam Welday throwing a massive 39 metres to win the Year 6 cricket throw, closely followed by team-mate Megan Sullivan who took silver.
Headteacher Isobel Gaffney was delighted by the win after Rosary saw off competition from 13 other schools to take the title
“We are always proud of our children, their behaviour, sportsmanship and team spirit. Winning the athletics is the icing on the cake.”
Year 6 teacher Catherine Harney said the victory was the result of hard work by coaches and children alike.
“At the Rosary we know how important it is for children to feel that they have achieved right across the curriculum.
“Staff from Sports Coaches into Schools have been training our children for inter-schools activities, including cross-country, orienteering and cricket.
“The training is definitely starting to pay off,” she said.