6 Golds in 6 Years of Javelin for KGS Pupil Thora Cant


17 Stromness Academy and Kirkwall Grammar School athletes returned from the Scottish Schools Track and Fields Championships in Grangemouth at the weekend with 1 gold and 1 silver medal and many personal best performances.

240 schools compete in these yearly major outdoor track and field championships and standards are extremely high. Both KGS and Stromness Academy ( SA) athletes posted a great set of results which bodes well for the annual JIC this weekend in Lerwick and the Natwest Island Games in Jersey.

Podium places were:-

Thora Cant (KGS), who was competing in her sixth and last Scottish Schools championships and for the 6th year running achieved gold in her age group – O17 Javelin with a season best throw of 37.34m. A magnificent achievement!

Whereas Charlie Passotti (KGS U14) competing in his first Scottish schools competition came 2nd, winning silver in High Jump with a new PB of 1.50m, a great achievement for him.

Other notable performances came from Sarah MacPhail (KGS O17) in her last year of competing at all 6 Scottish Schools  came 4th in the 400m final posting new PB times of 60.87s. Sprinters in the 100m Taylah Spence (SA U17) 12.55s placed 4th in the final and 200m time of 27.16s. Fergus MacIvor (KGS O17) 100m in a time of 11.61s equaling his PB and coming 7th in his final and a 200m time of 23.71s. Multi eventer Sam Croy (KGS U17) 11.70s PB in his 100m final. He also posted 200m and 400m times of 24.0s and 54.91s respectively and a PB shot putt of 10.31m.

Erin Montgomery (SA U17) produced a PB throw of 9.85m in shot putt placing 5th and a great 28.88m javelin throw, placing her 6th in her finals.

Endurance athletes Jamie Clouston (KGS U14) (2.24m) and Aimee Leask (SA O17) (2.38m) showed their improving form with both achieving PB performances in the 800m and also the 1500m by Jamie at 5.02m.

Joe Gregg (O18) posted a new PB of 5.44m in his long jump and Ryan Tait (KGS U14) also produced a PB long jump distance of 4.57m and high jump of 1.35m.

The 2 days of mixed weather in Grangemouth produced many other gritty performances from the 7 other athletes from both Orkney Secondary Schools. In sprints Balfour Hay (SA U17 ) competed in the 400m 55.12s, 200m 25.10s and Long Jump 4.68m. Kirsten Flett (SA) in the Long Jump and 200m 29.87s. Thrower James Nicolson (KGS O17) achieved a shot putt distance of 10.62m placing a very credible 6th place. Amy Davis (KGS U17) posted 27.82s in the 200m and 1.50m in High Jump. Andrew Davis (KGS O17) 400m 53.96s and a 24.67s 200m. Mia MacIvor (KGS U15) 100m 13.74s, 200m 28.12s & Long Jump 3.99m and finally Molly Cant (KGS U15) achieved 1.40m in High Jump and a new PB of 7.56m in Shot Putt.

This 4 day athletic trip has significant costs and thanks must go to Kirkwall Grammar School and Stromness Academy PE departments for entering the athletes, the KGS Enrichment fund, Orkney Athletic Club, Orkney Islands Council, Serco Northlink sponsorship and Birsay, Evie , Finstown, Orphir and Kirkwall & St Community Councils for supporting these 17 athletes and the 3 OAC coaches who travelled with them.

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