First time champions, Turing, triumph!

Hove Park School’s Turing House students ran, hop, skipped and jumped their way to top spot in a closely fought competition at the school’s annual Sports Day at Withdean Stadium. During the event packed day many of the school’s records were broken and countless new personal bests achieved.

Mr Roberts, Headteacher, said: “We've had another fantastic sports day, all the athletes and supporters have been amazing. In a year of record temperatures many sporting records have also been broken and the day has been filled with incredible achievements and successes. I'm so proud of them all."

In an outstanding display of athleticism, Robert Almy (Year 9), participated in the 100, 200, 400 metres, javelin and relay, smashing the 200 metre record in the process. Ella Mathews (Year 9) also produced an unbelievable performance, breaking two records in the 200 and 400 metres with an incredible time of 1 minute and 4 seconds for 400 metres, slicing 9 seconds off the old record set way back in 1991. George Cooper (Year 10) nudged passed the previous 100m record set in 2015 by setting a new record of 11.46 seconds. Despite the sweltering conditions Will Matthews (Year 8) still managed to excel by cutting a second off of the 800m record bringing it down to 2 minutes 25 seconds.

Records were also broken in field events: Emily Francis (Year 8) produced a personal best and equalled the current high jump record of 1.30 metres. Robyn Apps (Year 9) skipped over the previous triple jump record with a jump of 8.78 metres. Bertie Brooking (Year 9) leapt her way into the high jump record books with an amazing 1.30 metre jump.

The students, who were taking part in an already positive sporting atmosphere, were helped further by hundreds of enthusiastic spectators. The teams taking part were: Hawking, Mandela, Roddick, Turing and Yousafzai. Hove Park School teams are named after inspirational people from all walks of life: Stephen Hawking, Nelson Mandela, Anita Roddick, Alan Turing and Malala Yousafzai.

During the event £405 was raised for Marlets Hospice with the help of a team of students who sold snacks and drinks to the spectators and athletes.

The annual event was held at Withdean Sports Complex and temperatures reached a sweltering 26 degrees in the stadium making conditions challenging for competitors and supporters alike.

After today's successes and outstanding performances, Hove Park students look forward to relaxing and resting during the summer break.

By Reporters:

Maisie Varcoe, Marni Thomas, Circe Marden-Rull