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Springbank Athletes do the Double

Farsley Springbank and Westroyd became 2017 Mini Olympic champions last week after beating the rest of the schools in Pudsey to claim the title. It is the third time now that a combined group of KS2 children from Springbank and KS1 children from Westroyd have joined forces to become outright winners of the contest since its introduction in 2012. It was also a very fitting result as this was the last time that both schools will enter the competition as a joint team; instead, next year, Springbank will make up their own team from KS1 and KS2 and Westroyd will be making up their own team. The event at the John Charles Centre for Sport saw boys and girls from Year 2 and Year 4 working as teams to try and record the fastest times in running events or the highest scores in throwing and jumping events. At the same time, Year 6 children were individually pitting their wits against the best of the best from the local area in athletic events such as sprints, 400m, long-jump, triple jump and even shot-put! The climax of the competition was Springbank's favourite event: the relay! Both the Year 4 and Year 6 teams absolutely obliterated the competition, winning their respective relays by a full changeover in both instances. The final results showed that the contest had been tight with title rivals Pudsey Southroyd producing their usual competitive display but it was Springbank and Westroyd who had amassed the highest number of first-place finishes and ultimately claimed the gold medal. The result also means that, for the third time in the past five years, Springbank have done the formidable double of being both Indoor and Outdoor Athletics champions for the year. As always, well done Springbank!