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Intermediate Boys and Girls to represent South Australia at National Schools Challenge
After a number of successful Athletics carnivals late in Term 3, the best athletes from the Ignatian squad were chosen to form the teams for the Golden North Schools Challenge event. This is a unique event, where small teams of athletes (between 5 and 9 in a team) combine to cover the required events. There is the opportunity to have a power play in the scoring system, where schools need to choose one athlete to place their bet to win on and score double points. There are also ways to score bonus points in the long jump, javelin and shot put which provides some fun for the competitors. The highlight of the competition is that the gold and silver medal teams earn the right to represent South Australia at the National Golden North Schools Challenge in December.

The weather made the competition tougher than it should have been; however, the Ignatian athletes competed with grit and determination. Our sprinters made a solid start to the competition despite the wet conditions and then out jumpers recorded some excellent results (including bonus points) to ensure that we were competing with the top teams. Tom Kavanagh’s power play 800m was superb and earnt the team maximum points as did Ella Sloan’s high jump (where she also jumped a personal best of 1.58m). Lily Whiteman’s Long Jump was super consistent and Isabel Cherry showed her class by performing very well against much older girls.

At the end of the day, the Ignatius Intermediate Girls team and Intermediate Boys team brought home the silver medals in their divisions. Congratulations to these athletes involved, as they will now represent Ignatius and South Australia at the National Schools Challenge in December. We wish them the best of luck and hope that they enjoy this special opportunity.

Miriam Doyle
Kostka Middle Years House Leader

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