North Tyneside schools reign in podium positions at the School Games Sportshall Athletics Finals.

The girls' competition saw Whitley Bay High take the champions place on the podium and St Thomas More won the boys' competition, both teams representing North Tyneside in the  with North Tyneside rival St Thomas More taking third place in the Sportshall Athletics finals held at Temple Park, South Shields.

St Thomas More girls’ team also took third position, earning a spot on the podium. The North Tyneside teams really dominated the standings, all battling their way to podium positions.

Second place went to Whickham School from Gateshead, fourth place went to Heaton Manor and fifth place went to Sacred Heart School, both from Newcastle.

All of the schools had qualified for the Tyne & Wear final having competed in their own local authority areas earlier in the term.

Jordan and Nathan from Kepier School said, “We love the adrenaline that comes with sport, the fast pace and timely techniques involved with different heats in athletics really gets us thinking about the race plan and the training keeps us fit. School Games allows us to take a break from studying in the classroom and we can learn skills in sport such as teamwork, which can be used for future education.”

Many students participate in sport outside of their school which shows the standard of commitment and determination that the students bring to the Tyne and Wear School Games events.

Catelyn, Megan and Sophie from Hebburn Comprehensive School said: “We are all sporty as we participate in dance and football outside of school, so the opportunity to sign up to School Games was great for us. We love the competitiveness of School Games as we all want to win. We also enjoy the team spirit that comes with School Games as it has made the bond between our friendships stronger, supporting each other and trying your personal best for the success of the team.”

School Games Coordinator Claire Lee from Tyne & Wear Sport said, “We are committed to getting more people more active more often and want young people to get involved in sport, as well as develop a sporting habit for life. The School Games helps to give more young people the opportunity to play competitive sport. The standard of competition here today has been incredibly high”.

The Games are being delivered by schools, Tyne & Wear Sport, national governing bodies of sports, school games organisers and other local partners. Support of the School Games also comes from a range of national partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, Department of Health, Paralympics GB and the Youth Sport Trust. 

To find out more about the School Games please visit www.tynewearschoolgames.org