Youth sport - athletics: Race hotting up for Dorset final places

FAST SHOW: Action from Winton Arts & Media College

FAST SHOW: Action from Winton Arts & Media College

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ST KATHERINE’S Primary School finished top of the Division Two leaderboard in the third round of the Dorset Games athletics competition.

The Bournemouth school chalked up an impressive total of 232 points to finish above Malmesbury Park, Muscliff Primary and Talbot Heath at Winton Arts & Media College.

The Bournemouth Primary Schools Indoor Athletics League is a popular event which has been running in the town for several years.

It forms part of the Dorset School Games competition, a Youth Sports Trust-backed initiative to encourage competitive sport in schools.

There are 14 schools competing in three athletics leagues which run on a monthly basis. The events featured are a variety of track and field, such as the 4x1 relay, obstacle relay, standing long jump and chest push.

Athletes taking part are in Years 5 and 6, aged nine to 11-years-old.

The events have been adapted to take place indoor, for example foam javelins are used and no run-ups are allowed in the field events.

The teams gather points throughout the event resulting in a final team total.

The overall winner of the Bournemouth competition will go forward to represent the town in the Dorset School Games Final at the LeAF Campus on March 28.

They will compete against the winners of the other Dorset regions – West Dorset, East Dorset, Poole and the combined force of Christchurch & Purbeck.

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