Barker’s female athletes provided a dominating display of speed, endurance, strength and technique to win both the Intermediate and Senior divisions of the ISA Athletics Championships, held on Tuesday 11 September at SOPAC.

These victories contribute to the proud history Barker has had at these Championships over the last 20 years. This is the 11th year in a row that Barker has taken home the Senior Girls shield and the 2nd year in a row that the girls have won the Intermediate title.

Both on the track and in the field, our athletes were sublime. Some outstanding individual performances included record breaking feats, displays of tenacity and personal bests. On the track, Syrena Bayne and Abi Houghton both came 2nd in the Intermediate and Senior 3000m, Juliet Rowley and Eve Timms ran beautiful tactical races to win the 16s and 17s 800m respectively, with Eve Timms also winning the Senior 1500m.

In the sprints, Ella Johnston won the Intermediate Hurdles, Leanne Tay won the 18s 400m, Mia Hemsworth won the 16s 200m and 100m as well as coming 2nd in the Long Jump and 3rd in the Triple Jump. Our Senior relay team raced to a win, whilst the Intermediate 4x100m relay finished in 3rd place.

Barker’s athletes also had a successful day in the field events with the team finishing in the top three in every throwing event and first in every Javelin event. Notable achievements were Samantha Davis winning the 16s Shot Put and Discus and Hannah Leechman winning the 17s Javelin, Shot Put and Discus. In addition, Bella Ward won the 15s Javelin and Becky Rose won the 16s Javelin.

Our 18s age group were also very dominant with Ella Hirst 1st in Long Jump, Jade Beeston 1st in Javelin, Lucy Lake 1st in High Jump and Piper Duck 1st in Shot Put.

Barker’s co-ordinator of Track & Field, Mr Lee Batchler said, “this was a fitting result for all the training the girls had done in preparation for the competition. All of the coaches were extremely proud of the performances of the girls on the day.”