Guernsey’s most promising young athletes competed in this year’s AFM Super 6 Athletics Competition.Now in its sixth year, pupilsfrom all the Island’s secondary schools took part inthecontest. The annual challenge for Years 7 and 8culminated in a final at St Sampson’s High School on Wednesday 21stMarch. AFM has sponsored the event since its inception.
Those competing in the final were the top six finalistsin each event and year group, with separate categories for girls and boys, following the trials held during the last three months.Athletics development officer Lee Garland had gone into theschools to hold the competition heats for the four feature events; sprint, long jump, throw and endurance run
The final saw 60 childrencompetingover the four events.The Grammar School won the schools trophy for the boys and Ladies’ College won for the girls.
The aim of the AFM Super 6 Athletics Competition is to raise awareness of athletics in the Island. ‘Thanks to AFM’s support, we were able to run this year’s event with an Olympic theme, awarding medals to the top athletes in each event and Olympic mementos to everyone who took part. Sport is about getting involved and having fun, and I am sure everyone enjoyed the AFM Super 6. Anyone with the athletics bug is very welcome tocome to Footes Lane for the GIAAC’s gatherings. In athletics, there is an event for everyone. We can all find something we’re good at, do a bit of training and see how good we can get, having a lot of enjoyment along the way,’ said Mr Garland.
AFM commercial director Darren Etasse said ‘The Super 6 challenge provides youngsters with an amazing opportunity, not only to take part in an athletics competition in a friendly environment,but also to go on and hone their skills if they choose to do so. Lee, his team and all the teachers do a great job at spotting and encouraging any unidentified future stars. We are thrilled to be involved in such a worthwhile event for the sixth year,’ he said.
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