Finally, the 4th July arrived!  We had been waiting for this date all summer so that our qualifiers could pit their wits against the best in the country. 7 athletes in total travelled to Birmingham to take part in 11 events, a great achievement in itself for Copthorne Prep.

Parents, siblings, grandparents and gap students all turned out for the day…and what a day it turned out to be!




Under 12 Boys (Year 6)

Shot Put – Austin A 6.78m – Final 8th

Discus – Austin A 18.38m – Heats 9th


Under 12 Girls (Year 6)

Shot Put – Jemima C 5.69m – Heats 14th

Discus – Jemima C 13.44m – Heats 14th


Under 13 Boys (Year 7)

100m – Daniel T 13.29 – Final 5th

200m – Daniel T 26.72 – Final 2nd (Silver)

Shot Put – Zac C 9.95m – Final 1st (Gold)

Discus – Zac C 23.73m – Heats 9th


Under 14 Boys (Year 8)

75m Hurdles – Daniel P 12.06 – Final 2nd (Silver)

Discus – Zac R 29.02m – Final 3rd (Bronze)


Under 14 Girls (Year 8)

Long Jump – Catherine P 4.03m – Heats 13th


This was certainly our most successful athletics championships in my time at Copthorne, with 4 medals being won, and I would love to find out if we have ever bettered that.  It is difficult for some children to understand what a great achievement it is just to qualify for the National finals and they will always pick out the negatives in their performance. All 7 athletes gave their all and whether they brought home a medal or not we as a school are proud of them. Athletics is only a small part of the sporting calendar so to compete at this level after only a terms’ worth of practice is fantastic. I am already looking forward to next season!


National Medallists:

Zac C – Gold in Shot Put, Daniel T – Silver in 200m, Daniel P – Silver in Hurdles, Zac R – Bronze in Discus