STUDENTS at Altarnun Primary School celebrated success in this year’s Cornwall Athletics Final at Par Running Track. Over 300 children from 22 different schools attended the day making it a hotly contested event. Ten children made up the team from Altarnun School making them the smallest, but certainly not the least enthusiastic, team at the competition.
Events took place throughout the day with field events consisting of long jump, standing triple jump and vortex throw, and track events including short distance sprints, relays and long distances of 800m and 1500m.
Within the sprints three pupils from Altarnun Primary: William Carter, Toby Adams and Evie Williams, progressed from their heats to the finals. Once the finals started all eyes were on the sprinters with the runners showing the grit and determination needed within such a high-calibre event. Evie Williams, who won her heat, had a lot of pressure of her shoulders as the fastest qualifier going into the final, however she handled the pressure superbly winning the gold medal and becoming the county champion at the 60 metre sprint.
There were also exceptional performances from the school’s relay team and long-distance runners with two pupils finishing in the top 10 in the 600 metre and 800 metre runs. Altarnun Primary also enjoyed success in the field events with pupil Shannon finishing third in the Vortex throw, gaining another medal for the school.
Sarah Dinsdale, class teacher at Altarnun Primary commented, “After visiting this event last year, we understood that the level of competition would be high, something that would push the children after their successes this year at Launceston’s athletics and within Cross-Country races.
The performance by all the children, through their efforts within their own events and the support they showed to their team mates, was a delight to see. We look forward to returning to this event yet again, and seeing where our athletes may progress further.”