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Vaulting Competition Challenges High Flyers

Friday, 13 February 2015

Seven boys in Year 8 prepared to impress their peers and the judges in the final of the annual Vaulting Competition. Richard Birtwistle, Finlay Hanlon, Andrew Hurt, Jake Johnson, Cai Joseph, William Morris and Tobi Ramwell attended one last early-morning practice to limber up before competing for the trophy.

All of the Year 8 boys attended the final as spectators, as did members of staff and the Boys’ Division Headmaster, Mr Philip Britton. There was therefore plenty of pressure for the competitors as they lined up for their first vault.

The competition was in four rounds of increasing difficulty: through vault, long flight vault, rotational vault, and finally double box vault. The boys could decide the complexity of the rotational and double box vaults they attempted – with some even attempting somersaults on the double box vault!

This made for a really impressive display of the boys’ skills and bravery as they completed such challenging and potentially dangerous manoeuvres.

The P.E. Department judged the boys’ efforts and awarded first place and the trophy to Andrew Hurt, with Richard Birtwistle taking the silver medal, and Cai Joseph coming in third. All of the boys received certificates for achieving a place in the final. The boys were presented with their medals and certificates by Mr Britton, who congratulated them on their efforts and commented that it is always impressive to watch others complete such athletic feats.

The Year 7 Gymnastics Competition also took place this week.

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The Vaulting Competition finalists with Mr Britton

The Vaulting Competition finalists with Mr Britton

The long flight vault

The long flight vault

Some of the competitors managed to do a somersault during their double box vault

Some of the competitors managed to do a somersault during their double box vault