On Thursday 16th March, Hall Cross took a team of 12 gymnasts, captained by Tilly Boyd, and a team of 15 athletes, captained by Amy bailey and George Fisher to the South Yorkshire School Games at the EIS, in Sheffield. Throughout the year, schools from all over South Yorkshire compete in a variety of sports with the top two teams in each region (Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster) qualifying to compete in the regional finals. It is a highly attended and prestigious event and we were lucky enough to be able to represent Doncaster in both the gymnastics and the Sports Hall Athletics. The day starts with an opening ceremony and a display by the City of Sheffield Gymnastics Club and is attended by an Olympic representative. This year it was Bryony Page, who won a silver medal in trampolining at Rio 2016. The day started off with the gymnastics. The girls were excited but nervous and with help with last minute adjustments to their routine from Elisha in Y8 before they performed, they were ready to go. Hall Cross competed in the foundation category and were 9th to perform. The girls were fantastic! It is hard to choreograph a routine for 12 individuals but they executed their moves brilliantly and were extremely professional! They were disappointed to miss out on a medal but managed an absolutely incredible 4th place, making them the 4th best team in South Yorkshire! A fantastic achievement girls, well done!
In the afternoon it was the turn of the athletes, with both our Y8 boys and girls qualifying for the finals! There were some fantastic performances, notably from George Fisher and Freddie Haslam who dominated their races, Elisha Raja and Harrison Creaser coming 2nd in the 2 lap sprint and Mack Nason who won the shot putt and the seated throw. Ella Cleghorn managed a well deserved 3rd place in her race also. Ellie Wright won both her throwing events. The boys relay team of George Fisher, Mack Warne, Freddie Haslam and Harrison Creaser came 3rd in their 4×1 race. Overall, the boys came 2nd, making them the 2nd best team in the whole of South Yorkshire. They missed out on being South Yorkshire champions by only 5 points! The girls had a fantastic day too but, unfortunately, missed out on a medal. Each student displayed excellent behaviour and sportsmanship throughout the day. Let’s hope we can carry on this success next year!