Medals galore as Mandela team takes top spot at Hove Park School’s Sports Day

Hove Park School’s Mandela House triumphed for the second year in a row in a tightly fought competition at the school’s annual Sports Day at Withdean Stadium.    During the event packed day many of the school’s records were broken and countless new personal bests achieved.  

Mr Roberts, Headteacher, said: "Sports Day is the one day of the school year when we come together as a community.  Every year new stars emerge and remind us of what hard work and dedication can achieve. Athletes, supporters and staff all play their part in what is one of the highlights of the school calendar: a clear example of our new school vision statement ‘Together We Achieve.’"

Students taking part embraced the spirit of the event and created a positive sporting atmosphere helped by hundreds of enthusiastic spectators.  Teams taking part were: Hawking, Mandela, Roddick, Turing and Yousafzai.  In a fantastic display of athleticism, Ella Matthews, year 8, built on last years’ record breaking performance to set another two new Hove Park records in the 200 and 400 metres and Jess Corbett, year 8, sliced nearly 7 seconds off the 800 metres.    Records were also broken in field events: Bertie Brooking, year 8, raised the bar in the high jump to an impressive 1.30 metres; Robert Kroonsaare, year 10, threw the shot 12.14 metres; Robyn Apps, year 8 set the record for the triple jump at 8.29 meters and Gisele Dufresne, year 7, added over a metre to the javelin record.

During the event £275 was raised for Marlets Hospice.

The annual event was held at Withdean Sports Complex and conditions on the day were perfect for the athletes, following a cloudy and wet start to the day the temperature reached a warm 20 c with some sunny intervals. Hove Park School teams are named after inspirational people: Stephen Hawking, Nelson Mandela, Anita Roddick, Alan Turing and Malala Yousafzai. 

The Gold, silver and bronze medals were generously donated to the school by Roger Brown Trophies & Engraving.

To see all the photos from the day please head over to HPS digital.

By reporters Mujahidur Rahman and Matthew Peck, Year 10