By James Smyth
Lindfield Primary Academy’s athletics squad were rewarded for all their hard work and effort when they were crowned Mid-Sussex Sportshall Athletics Champions! In recent years the school has celebrated success in this event by racing the final and coming in runners-up on more than one occasion; however this is first time that they have managed to win the trophy and they now move onto the County Final later this term.
Having qualified for the final by winning the heat last year, the Year 5 and 6 students have spent their recent lunchtimes practicing their events and went into the final, held at Sackville College, with confidence, however, the standard of competition this year, was extremely high. Harlands, Halsford Park and St. Peters (EG) had all also performed extremely well in their heats and each event was hotly contested.
The children competed in 24 different disciplines, which included long jump, triple jump, speed bounce, javelin and various relays. Lindfield dominated the track events, whilst Harlands were on top form in the field events with the East Grinstead schools also chipping in with victories throughout. It all came down to the final boys and girls 4 x 1 lap relays. After the girls had narrowly won their race, all eyes turned to the boys. With just one lap to go, Lindfield were trailing Halsford Park by 2 metres, knowing they needed to win to have a chance of claiming the trophy. A fantastic changeover between Louis Keane and Stanley Flower followed, with Stanley extending the lead in the final straight. An anxious wait followed as the scores were checked and double-checked and there was relief and elation from the Lindfield students, teachers and parents when it was confirmed that they had won by just 2 points from reigning champions Harlands. All the children performed admirably, reflecting the school values, particularly respect, enthusiasm and teamwork. They are certainly looking forward to the County Final in March.