National orienteering champions!
A team of Year 6 pupils from Redmaids’ High Junior School are national schools orienteering champions after racing to victory in their class, defeating teams from all corners of England.
Leni, Louisa, Honor and Isabel, all aged 11 or under, gave great individual performances at the 2km British Schools Orienteering Association (BSOA) event at Witton Country Park course in Blackburn.
When their scores were combined and mapped against fellow runners, they found themselves top in their age group.
They then discovered that they had also won bronze in the overall Primary School competition – a tremendous outcome and a further indication of how well they had done in their one and only race.
Jamie Hayward, a Year 4 teacher at Redmaids’ High Junior School and co-manager of the Orienteering Squad, said: “The girls applied everything they have learned, demonstrating great spirit, physical strength and mental agility.
“They were up against mixed teams who had the chance to gain more points from different classes so they really proved themselves to be a force.
“There was great support from parents on the sidelines and this added to a truly memorable event.”
The squad, also including Amy (Year 9), travelled north on Saturday, fitting in a training session to complete their preparation.
Amy, who achieved an excellent individual performance on her own course, earning 21st place, has been volunteering as assistant coach for the younger members this year and provided invaluable support to the girls on their way to victory.