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Posted on July 18th 2017

Para Athletics Championship at the Olympic Stadium

On Tuesday 18th July a group of 20 Year 9 GCSE PE students were selected to attend the World Para Athletics Competition.

Students arrived bright and early at East Croydon Train station where we made our journey to the Olympic Park. Upon arriving at the park, we all entered the fan zone where the students were given free ice cream, clappers, GB flags and a foam finger! The excitement was building now for the main event, the athletics. With the best seats in the house - sitting above the home straight - we had a perfect view of the T11 (fully blind) 100 metres heats.

The students and teachers were stunned by the performance of the female runners, the winning time was 11.50s, magnificent! From afar students could watch the men’s T37 long jump final were the athletes had no knee joint and were therefore on blades that were attached from above the knee. The winning jump was over 6 metres! The students were incredibly well behaved and a real credit to the Academy.

Mr Riches
Teacher of PE