MC&MA Students Triumph In National Tournament

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09/07/2010 by mcmakarolyn

All smiles: Abigail Searles and Leah Farrel celebrate their athletic achievements

Manchester Creative and Media Academy (MC&MA Girls’) student Leah Farrell won a gold medal and fellow pupil Abigail Searles was a finalist in this year’s sunny and stormy Disability Sport Events’ (DSE) National Junior Athletics tournament.

Leah came first in the javelin competition, while Abigail ran in the 100 metre run final, coming seventh. Leah threw a personal best of 12.17 metres – in gale force winds.

They were both up against young athletes from all over the county at the championships at Stanley Park Stadium in Blackpool.

The year 8 girls also competed in various other athletic events including the shotput, high jump, while Leah came fourth in the 100 metre run heat.

 Fantastic weekend for fantastic students

Mrs Flanagan, Special Education Needs (SEN) assistant at MC&MA (Girls) said: “Overall, the weekend was fantastic.

“The north west team came third overall. There was very little in the points, there were ten points from first to third so you can just see how hard the competition was this year.”

She added the girls stayed in the Hilton Hotel alongside the rest of the competitors for the weekend.

“The girls really enjoyed themselves. On Saturday night there was a dinner disco. They had an absolutely brilliant night.”

Mrs Flanagan said Leah is starting twice-weekly training sessions with professional coaches at Sportcity in order to develop her talent, while both girls have been invited to sports summer camp at the athletics stadium over the six week holidays.

“Hopefully with the training, she will go far.”

It doesn’t stop there though, Leah and Abigail will be competing in qualifying events from September with their eyes on bettering their fantastic performances in this years DSE’s finals.

Keep up the hard work ladies!


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