Children and young people from two of our strongest ambassadors for Catholic Primary School sport in Leeds, Holy Rosary and St Anne’s (HRSA) in Chapeltown and St Theresa’s in Cross Gates, were winners and runners-up respectively when they competed in the Well School Partnership city-wide finals in Sportshall Athletics (SHA) on 14 March 2023.
The final was conducted in the most exemplary ‘sporting’ manner! Our two schools competed with fierce rivalry on the track and in the field, but once the competition was over, they accepted their victory and second place with good grace and congratulated one another. It was certainly an excellent advertisement for Catholic sport and something for our whole Diocesan Schools community to celebrate.
The events took place on the track with obstacle races, flat races, hurdles and relays alongside which were field events including speed bounce, standing long jump, standing triple jump and javelin. The competition this year was fierce. Our schools were up against strong opposition from Horsforth Newlaithes Primary and Chapel Allerton Primary – both of which have an equally strong tradition for sport and especially for SHA – but our two Catholic school representatives did our Diocese proud!
HRSA (which is a school in the St Gregory the Great Catholic Academy Trust) came first and were crowned City Wide Champions with 144 points. St Theresa’s a creditable second with 122 points. HRSA will most certainly go forward to represent Leeds in the West Yorkshire finals and St Theresa’s may join them (as they have done many times in the past) if the other regions can post two schools to compete.
Elizabeth McDonagh-Smith, Head Teacher from HRSA said, ‘It’s great to be back competing again after Covid. The children have excelled themselves again and we are absolutely delighted with them. They have worked so hard for this, as have their coaches, especially Mrs Nichol and her wonderful team.’
John Hutchinson, Head Teacher of St Theresa’s agreed: ‘Congratulations to our friends at Holy Rosary and good luck to them at the West Yorkshire finals! They were brilliant especially in the field events! 22pts is a massive margin and they are deserved winners… but we’ll be back stronger than ever next year! Hopefully we’ll get to go to the West Yorkshire’s too… we’ve got everything crossed!’
Congratulations to our Catholic Primary Schools on their success – and well done to all taking part!