Four U17 D&T athletes were members of the victorious England South squad at the 2018 School Games National Final held in Loughborough from Thursday to Sunday.
Esme O’Connell, Destiny Ogali, Josh Woods and Marli Jessop each won medals and contributed points to the winning England South team, which emerged as the victor in the five-team regional showdown against England North, England Midlands, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
England South won 18 gold medals, well above England North, in second with 13; 17 silvers (with England North second again with 14) and eight bronze medals.
Our disability phenom Esme won gold in the Long Jump Ambulant Girls event with her leap of 4.58m – a massive 80cm further than second place. She also finished fourth – and first F20 – in the Shot Putt Ambulant Girls with a putt of 4.54m.
Sprint star Destiny grabbed the silver medal in the 100m in a speedy time of 10.95, as he continues to close in on the winner, English Schools champion Raphael Bouju of England Midlands.
Josh earned a silver medal in the triple jump, adding to the England South total, with his leap of 14.17m.
Both Josh and Destiny were picked for the 4 x 100m relay team, and they won a well-deserved silver with their teammates as they crossed the line in 42.16, just behind England Midlands.
Marli competed in the 80m hurdles, finishing fifth in 11.87, and then added to England South’s silver medal tally with her contribution to the squad’s 4 x 100m relay team, which finished second to England North in a time of 46.93.
The 2018 School Games National Finals, supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, is a major multi-sport event for the most talented young athletes across the UK.
More than 1,400 young athletes competed across 11 sports, five of which include disability competition, at venues across Loughborough University Campus.
Our athletes were selected for their regional team based primarily on results in English Schools and for Esme, based on her Power of 10 ranking.