Manners girls turn in a strong display

Sporting Success: Members of the Lady Manners School girls athletics team, who came third in the recent Regional Sports Hall Athletics finals.
Sporting Success: Members of the Lady Manners School girls athletics team, who came third in the recent Regional Sports Hall Athletics finals.
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Eight Year Seven girls from Lady Manners School have achieved third place in the regional finals of a national athletics competition.

The road to the regional finals of the Sportshall Athletics started at Christmas with a hard training regime for the Year Seven Girls’ Athletics Team.

The first stop was the Rural Derbyshire Championships, held at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Ashbourne in February.

A resounding victory against Anthony Gell School, Hope Valley College and Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School qualified them for the next round.

The girls’ performance at the county finals was testament to the hard work they have put in.

Beating eight other teams by a clear 22 points, there was no doubt of their progression to the regional finals in Leicester on Tuesday 17 April, at which they represented Derbyshire.

The regional finals proved a tough challenge at which they achieved third place.

The standard of the competition was extremely high. PE teacher Jayne Roach, who is School Sports Co-ordinator and team coach, said: “All eight girls should be very proud of their achievements.

“They competed at an incredibly high level and certainly held their own against top level athletes.

“Third place is really something to be proud of when you are competing against athletes of that standard.”