NewVic students show class to take indoor athletics title

PUBLISHED: 15:06 28 March 2013 | UPDATED: 15:06 28 March 2013

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New Vic - winners


NewVIc Sixth Form College students were celebrating last week after being crowned as the champions of the EDF Energy Indoor Athletics Challenge.

The Plaistow college stormed to victory at the Lee Valley Indoor Centre in front of European Indoor 400m champion Perri Shakes-Drayton and former GB Olympian Donna Fraser, winning four of the five events held on the day.

Over 60 students took part in the competition in total and as well as the NewVIc athletes, there were entries from Newham College, Leyton Sixth Form College, Barking & Dagenham College, Hackney Community College, Sir John Cass’s Foundation and Redcoat School in Stepney.

David Ajayi led the way for NewVIc as the Newham & Essex Beagles youngster battled to victory in the 60 metres sprint, beating team-mate Osvaldo Gloria into second place, with Aniska Murray from Hackney in third.

Ajayi, who is currently studying for a sports science BTEC level 3 was also part of the NewVIc winning relay team. “My game plan was to do it for my school and for myself,” he said.

“I wanted to make my school proud. I have been running for almost five years, I’m a sprinter and the challenge has helped take it on to another level – it has been brilliant.”

Gloria followed up his runners-up spot in the 60m by winning the long jump, where he pipped Maiden Brown of Sir John Cass and Connor Ives from Leyton, while NewVIc also cleaned up in the shot put.

Lorrianne Da Silva took top honours, while Teddy Nur of Barking & Dagenham College finished second and Leyton’s KC Raphael took third place.

The only event that NewVIc failed to win was the 800m where the spoils went to Michael Adekunle from Leyton Sixth Form College.

Omar Said of Sir John Cass took second place and Francisco Fernandes of Hackney finished third.

Hackney finished second behind NewVIc in the final standings, with Sir John Cass in third.

NewVictoria Park & Tower Hamlets member Shakes-Drayton was on hand to give out the medals and speak to some of the young athletes, while Fraser was impressed by what she saw.

“It was wonderful to see all the hard work of the students, coaches and everyone involved in the challenge,” said Fraser.

“EDF has various sport and educational programmes to inspire youngsters in London and we’re delighted with the success of the athletics challenge.”

EDF’s Tim Boylin added: “I was impressed to see just how committed the students were. They were brilliant.”

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