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Young athletes on track for success


Mar 2, 2018

Young people from schools across North Tyneside are set to represent the county at an event next month.

Eight pupils, aged between 12 and 15, will travel to Manchester on April 14 and 15 to compete in the Sportshall Athletics Final.

Representing Tyne and Wear, they will take part in a range of athletic events including triple jump, shot and track races at Sportscity, which has also played host the Commonwealth Games and is home to Manchester City Football Club.

The journey for the talented pupils started in the autumn of 2017 with numerous school competitions across North Tyneside.

A total of 37 young people were then chosen by North Tyneside Council’s PE and Sport team to take part in the next stage of the event, at a competition involving athletes from other Tyne and Wear authority areas.

It was a clean-sweep for the youngsters, winning the boys and girls U11 and U13 team competitions, and 22 of them went on to compete in the next round against teams from County Durham and Northumberland.

After triumphing at the event, eight were chosen for the two-day competition in Manchester.

Speaking about the success, Jo Walton, School Sport Programme Coordinator at North Tyneside Council said: “I’d like to say and big well done and congratulations to all the pupils who have taken part throughout the different rounds of the competition. They’ve been a real credit to their schools.

“We’re looking forward to the event in Manchester and I’d like to wish the final eight the best of luck.”

The eight youngsters are from the following schools: John Spence, Kings Priory, Marden High, Valley Gardens and Wellfield Middle.

By Emily