Peebles athletes win place in East district finals
Primary school pupils from three cluster areas came together at the Queen’s Leisure Centre, Galashiels, to compete the 2016 Sportshall Athletics Borders Finals.
Area winners and runners-up from three competitions vied for the ultimate honours with the top two teams going through to the East Region Finals which take place in Edinburgh in February.
It was the Peebles’ primaries who shone through on the day with Priorsford and Kingsland, who were winners and runners-up respectively in their cluster, taking the top two placings.
St Peter’s (winners) + Burgh (runners-up) made it through for the Galashiels cluster while
Earlston (winners) + Edenside (runners-up) took the Earlston/Kelso cluster places.
The event was organised by Live Borders Athletics Sports Development and Active Schools,
supported by Borders College students.
Gemma Ross, Live Borders Active Schools Coordinator for the Earlston cluster, said: “Once again it was a fantastic afternoon full of nervous excitement and anticipation.
“The sportsmanship from everyone was brilliant and it was great to seeing everyone giving it their all and not giving up.”
Boys’ and girls’ teams from each school compete in six track and six field events, earning their team points in every round.
Track events include: obstacle relay, 1+1 relay, 2+2 relay, 6-lap paarlauf, over/under relay and 4x1 lap relay while the field events included: chest push, speed bounce, standing long jump, standing triple jump, vertical jump and soft javelin.
“Thanks must go to the PE staff and teachers who once again put in a huge amount of effort preparing pupils for both the area and final competitions, added Ms Ross.
“Also to the Borders College students and Peebles High School Sports Leaders who turned out at the events to do the scoring and timing.
“I’m sure everyone will join us in wishing Priorsford and Kingsland all the best at the East Regional finals next year.”