Last week saw the conclusion of the 2018 School Games Campaign which continue to grow and offered more than a 1000 pupils the chance to compete against other schools!
Congratulations to all the teams that competed, the standard this year was incredible! Well done to Hillview and Balcarras this years Primary and Secondary Champions!
As usual XPA’s organisation was superb and Active Gloucestershire’s organisation and supporting activities great, as was the venue!
Deer Park had 12 coaches present on the Primary School Finals Day and this ensured a smooth run event, with some outstanding shooting.
Thursday was the Primary event, with 10 teams competing. During the morning the teams did a qualification score with the top 5 going through to the ‘sharp stuff’ finals and the next 5 through to the adapted equipment final.
- John Moore
In the afternoon we had the 2 finals. Hillview shot brilliantly throughout and secured yet another team medal at a Level 3 final! Callowell finished strong in 2nd place. Hempsted and Sapperton finished on a tie leaving 3 archers from each team to have a 1 arrow shoot off, Sapperton finished 3rd!
In the adapted equipment final John Moore won, with Whitminster finishing in the silver medal position and Fairford picking up the bronze!
In the individual competition the Forest did incredibly winning 2 golds and a bronze! (Gold and a bronze for Lydney, gold for Newnham). Hillview won 2 silvers and Callowell a bronze in the individual boys!
The secondary day there was 4 teams competing, 9 archers scoring with 3 reserves. Balcarras took an early lead and whilst Kingshill did their best to keep up with them just didn’t have the strength in depth!
The format was in 3 stages, team total scores, head to head round Robin and finally 9 archers from each team shooting a single arrow each over a number of rotations, creating great excitme4nt!
- Stroud High
In the individual Kingshill won gold in the boys competition and silver in the girls, Stroud High won the gold in the girls category. KLB also picked up 2 individual medals, and Balcarras 1.
The secondary Schools event will now become part of the Winter School Games Programme, meaning more schools will be able to compete as currently they clash with exams and day trips. This will also increase our capacity to meet the Primary School demand.