The final SPARK competition of 2018 took place on Tuesday 4th December at the Ardor sports hall. The Sportshall Athletics Tournament attracted eight of our Catholic primary feeder schools, in what was a hugely successful and incredibly loud afternoon. All students took part in a throwing event (target throw, chest pass or javelin), a jumping event (long jump, vertical jump or speed bounce) and a track event (hurdles or sprints).
Our sixth form helpers were on hand to score and support all the students (and occasionally dodge the odd errant javelin).
The atmosphere in the hall was electric as the throwing events began. Some huge javelin throws set the level of competition high. These were followed up by the field events – St Mary’s & St Peter’s won the long jump with a huge effort of 1 metre 42. St Joseph’s Bradford hit back with a winning vertical jump of 42cm.
This meant that heading into the relay and sprints there was nothing to separate the top schools - the ultimate test of speed, concentration and teamwork. The relays were incredibly close, only 6 seconds separated 1st and 6th. In the end St Joseph’s Bradford won the relays with the blistering time of 1:28.
This victory, narrowly edging out their closest rivals St Mary’s & St Peter’s who finished on 1:29, meant St Joseph’s Bradford won the tournament overall! With just 11 points between 1st and 2nd the tournament was neck and neck until the end.
Our top three schools at the end of the day were:
1st Place St Joseph’s Bradford
2nd Place St Mary’s and St Peter’s
3rd Place St Walburga’s
School of the Year
New to this year’s SPARK competitions is the SPARK ‘School of the Year’ award. This will be awarded to the school with highest cumulative points total across all competitions this year. 1st in any tournament receives 15 points, 2nd receives 14 and so on. With 3 tournaments played and the SPARK tournaments finished for the 2018 calendar year, it’s only right to see the current standings. Having attended all three tournaments so far, winning one and strong placings in the other others our current front-runners for the SPARK ‘School of the Year’ Award are St Joseph’s Bradford.
However, hot on their heels with a 1st place and 3rd place in the two tournaments they’ve entered is St Walburga’s. Finally, only 1 point behind St Walburga’s, with a 2nd and 3rd place in the two tournaments they entered is St Mary’s and St Peter’s.
The next competition is the Cross Country Running competition on the 29th January and keep checking the latest news to see how this hotly contested overall ranking develops and to see if anyone can catch our current champions St Joseph’s Bradford.