HELSBY High School’s junior girls athletics team have created history.
After being crowned the county and regional champions, the rising stars made their way to Chelmsford for the English Schools’ Track and Field Cup final.
It was the first time in the school’s illustrious sporting history that it had been represented by a girls team at the big annual event.
And, despite a strong head wind and the enormity of the occasion, the girls managed to finish eighth in the country.
This outstanding achievement was made all the more impressive by the fact that only a handful of the Year 7 and 8 team regularly attend an athletics club outside of school.
Annabel Kitchen was the star of the show, winning the long jump in 4.62m ahead of her school-mate Michaela Campbell in second (4.48m).
Notable performances came from Georgia Aston-Massey and Joydel Finney on the track.
Rebecca Clarke, Helsby High’s head of girls PE, said: “We often attend the regional finals year in and year out but get pipped at the post when it comes to attending the national finals.
“We hope this is the start of a spell of athletic successes.”
The display at the English Schools’ Track and Field Cup final capped a successful season for girls sport at Helsby.
The school qualified for the English Schools’ Cross Country Cup final before three of its teams reached the semi-finals of their Cheshire Girls Cup competitions.
Jessica Parsons’ brilliant individual victory at the English Schools’ Cross Country Cup final proved to be a springboard to further success.
She represented England at cross country and, at the weekend, finished 13th in the inter girls 3,000m at the English Schools’ Track and Field Championships in Gateshead.
Matthew Hulse also represented Helsby at the Sky Sports-televised event, finishing 12th in the inter boys 1,500m steeplechase.
Paul Park, head of PE at Helsby, said: “Matthew and Jessica have done fantastically well to qualify for the national championships and it is a credit to all their hard work and determination throughout the year.”