Athletes inspired to city triumphs

St Wilfrid's RC Primary School's medal winning gymnasts.
St Wilfrid's RC Primary School's medal winning gymnasts.
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MEET Sheffield’s athletes of the future.

Youngsters from St Wilfrid’s RC School in Millhouses are aiming high after scooping top trophies for their city.

Pupils’ prowess in a multitude of running, jumping and throwing events saw them come first among hundreds of Sheffield schools in the national Sports Hall Athletics competition.

Teacher John Brelsford, who leads the PE department at the Millhouses Lane school, said: “It is amazing, we can’t believe it.

“This is the best we have ever done in athletics.”

St Wilfrid’s was also the best-performing city primary school for athletics in the South Yorkshire School Games, claiming silver overall after competing against teams from across the county.

And the youngsters have inspiration close to home - with Sheffield superstar heptathlete Jessica Ennis coming from just around the corner.

Her glittering performance in last year’s London Olympics, bringing home a gold medal for the Steel City, has helped spur the St Wilfrid’s youngsters on to victory.

They now have a line-up of trophies and medals to display in school while they look forward proudly to future events.

Mr Brelsford added: “The children absolutely loved taking part in the events.

“We do lots of different contests in every year and we do pretty well in those.

“I think the Olympics inspired them as did Jessica Ennis - she only lived around the corner from us, so they know of her and had seen her training too.”

Hundreds of youngsters took part in the South Yorkshire School Games at the English Institute of Sport, organised by South Yorkshire Sport, last week.

St Wilfrid’s came fourth overall in the competition after winning a clutch of three medals.

In first place was Wickersley School and Sports College, Rotherham, second was Aston Primary School, and in third place was Horizon Community College in Barnsley.