Shaquille steals the show with super sprinting performance
Stormont House pupil wins three races at the Inter Borough Disability Athletics Championships
Hackney Community College and Stormont House both won bronze medals at the Inter Borough under-19s Disability Athletics Championship at Waltham Forest Track last Wednesday.
More than 100 athletes from 10 schools and five different boroughs competed at the event which acts as a warm-up for the London Youth Games Disability Athletics Finals at Mile End Stadium on June 20.
The youngsters from, Hackney, Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Havering and Barking & Dagenham competed in running races distancing from 60m to 800m with field events such as shot-put, javelin, discus, long-jump and high-jump.
The stand out performer from the borough was sprinter Shaquille Eusebe from Stormont House who sensationally won all the under-15 boys’ sprinting events. He won the 100m in 13.3 seconds, the 200m in 30.9 and the 400m in 1.10.4.
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Overall, Stormont House came third in the overall standings of the under-15 competition after winning eight medals and Hackney Community College came third in the under-19 competition with a medal haul of seven.
Hackney Sport Development Officer, Jill Danskin, said: “We have brought all these schools here for a warm-up for the London Youth Games and to choose the teams for the competition.
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“These events are important as everyone enjoys it and some of the kids have never been on an athletics track before so it gives them experience.
“The London Youth Games is an event that everyone really looks forward to and hopefully our squad is looking quite good.”
The event was organised and run by the Sports Development teams from Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, and one of the organisers, Emma Gillan, said: “It’s been a really good day.
“We’ve had some great volunteers, both officiating and from Havering Sixth form college.
“A lot of these kids don’t get any other opportunity to compete in athletics.
“We use it as a stepping stone for the London Youth Games, but it’s great that for the other competitors they can come to the venue, use a proper track and experience athletic competition for themselves.”