On Wednesday 14th March Belmont Castle Academy travelled to Southend Sports and Leisure Centre to compete in the Essex Year 5/6 Sportshall athletics finals. Having won the year 5/6 thurrock event for the last few years Belmont have competed in this event before and know that the standard at this event is up there with the best in the whole country. Last year their team finished in 3rd place and Mr Garcia was determined to beat that position this year! The team had been working extremely hard in the lead up to this event, training most days to perfect their track and field events and the team were excited to perform. From the very first track race it was clear their hard work had paid off as both boys and girls were up there at the front. It would all come down to how well they could perform on the field.
Then the results were in! The team scores and positions were read out in reverse order from 14th position, 5,4.... and then the top 3. The suspense was real, I could see the look on the all children faces as they read out bronze medal position... it wasnt Belmont Castle. Finally the top 2, in second place with 644 points from West Essex St Johns. Belmont Castle had done it! Champions of Essex with 704!
The whole team and staff erupted with elation, it was such a proud moment. Not only had they become Essex champions but they had also won by a staggering 60 points!
Congratulations to all the team, a special mention much go to Mr Garcia for the amount of time he has given to training the team and getting them in the best possible shape for this event. A tremendous achievement!