Lady Manners girls bring home Sportshall Athletics regional title

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The year seven girls’ athletics team from Lady Manners School in Bakewell have beaten competition from across the East Midlands to take the title of Sportshall Athletics regional champions.

The team of eight 11-12 year olds - Emily Croft, Ava Holden, Alyssa Stout, Hope Hanby, Georgia Pursglove, Emma Botham, Cerys Lessiter and Eleanor Ives - have been training since October.

They won their place at the East Midlands regional competition by beating rivals at cluster and county events.

Students travelled from Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire and took part in a fiercely contested competition in April.

The Lady Manners School girls (pictured) won the competition by a convincing margin.

Sportshall athletics enables students to take part in athletics events throughout the year. The mixture of track and field events includes relay and running races, shot put, speed bounce, standing long jump, standing triple jump and vertical jump.

Jayne Roach, the team’s coach, said “We are very proud of the girls, who remained focused and determined to win at all times. Their attitude and hard work really paid dividends in the face of really tough competition.”