On Monday 9th February at the National Indoor Arena Turves Green Girls’ Y8 Athletics team took 1st Place in the prestigious Birmingham School Games final. Both the Year 7 and Year 8 teams had qualified for the event, having come first in the semi-finals on 17th January. Both teams were excited and proud to compete at such a great sporting venue, they were also a little nervous. The competition began with the obstacle relay in which the TGGS teams got off to an excellent start with both teams winning their heat. Throughout the day there were some outstanding performances including the 600m run by Shanais Johnson, year 7. She paced the race perfectly and convincingly won the race by over 30m. With the girls being able to compete in up to five track or field events there were many other highlights. Grace Lema-Kavungu (year 8) reacted incredibly quickly at the start of the 2 x 200m Paarlauf race and got herself into an advantageous position leading the race from the front. When she handed the baton over to Amy Tiller, she was able to sprint away from her competitors, extending the lead and rewarding Turves with a convincing win. Turves also had some outstanding performances in the field events adding invaluable points to the overall team score. Sophie Bullock achieved her personal best in the shot putt, throwing an impressive 7.80m.
The announcing of the overall results was nerve-racking as the teams waited for the school’s position and points to be called out. The year 7 team competed with determination and closely missed out on a medal position by securing 4th place out of eleven teams. For the year 8 team, after several minutes watching other teams being congratulated on their finishing position, there were only 2 remaining schools. The teams were ecstatic when they announced the winners as Turves Green Girls’ School, especially as there was only one point between them and the runners up! It was an excellent day and all the competitors showed admirable support to one another and great sportsmanship. We are very proud of their achievements.