Issued: 30 October 2008
Arbroath High School Wins Giant Heptathlon
Angus Sports Development Team, in partnership with SportTayside & Fife, laid on a Giant Heptathlon for Angus secondary schools at Montrose Sports Centre on Monday 27 October 2008.
The day's events comprised coaching in the morning and competition in the afternoon. The pupils were coached through each event by coaches from Arbroath & District and Brechin High athletics clubs and sports development staff.
Also attending the event were Darren Ritchie and Piotr Haczek from Scottishathletics. They are the Scottish national event managers for jumps and combined events and sprints and hurdles respectively, and they attended the event for talent identification purposes.
Each school entered a team of seven girls and seven boys from S2 and the pupils each competed in seven different events: sprints, standing long jump, hurdles, shot putt, bean-bag challenge, standing triple jump and step-up challenge. Teams rotated around the activities with each child participating in each event. Scoring was based on the overall team score after all seven events had been completed.
Arbroath High School was placed first overall, with Monifieth High School finishing second.
These two schools will be invited to the Tayside & Fife Giant Heptathlon final where they will compete against schools from Dundee, Perth and Fife.
Senior sports development officer Colin Knight and sports development officer Laura Ross presented the trophy and medals to the winners Arbroath High School, to second-placed Monifieth High School and to Webster's High School who narrowly finished third, following strong competition from all schools.