King James’s look back at superb 12 months of sport

King James's School student George Davies on the podium for his javelin throw at the Northern Athletics competition.
King James's School student George Davies on the podium for his javelin throw at the Northern Athletics competition.

Sporting students at King James’s School, Knaresborough, are celebrating a year of outstanding success in athletics and girls football.

In this Olympic year practices on Monday evenings were heaving with students and King James’s has gone from strength to strength, resulting in their best season ever.

In the Schools Cup - a team competition - all four of the KJS teams qualified for the Regional A final, which has held at Hull.

Head of PE Lisa Woodward said: “We were the only school in the North East Regional to get all our teams through to this highly competitive standard, which is testament to the quality we have at the moment.”

The Junior girls did the best and finished in third place, only being beaten by Newcastle and Hull private schools.

The Inter girls finished fourth and the two boys teams came sixth.

In the Area Schools competition KJS were unbeatable, winning the overall schools Final at Cleckheaton.

They successful saw off the challenges from, among others, St John Fisher’s, St Aidan’s, Harrogate Grammar and Ashville.

The girls also won the Year 7, 9 and 10 year competitions and were runners-up in the Year 8 competition, demonstrating the quality across all year groups.

Four of their competitors broke championship records - Matthew Keogh, aged 12, in the discus, Molly Webster, 15, in the 800m, Millie Howard, 14, the 1500m and George Davis, 14, javelin.

And two students progressed to the English Schools Championships - George Davis in the Junior Boys javelin and Josie Parry in the Junior girls hurdles.

Josie ran a personal best in the heats and qualified for the semi-finals, finishingfifplace.

George, who has been ranked in the top three nationally all season, was not phased by high expectations and finished in the silver medal position.

He then took gold in U15 Javelin at the Northern Athletics competition at Hull on Saturday. He won with a throw of 58.36 metres. This throw broke the competition record held since 1994, puts him No 2 in the UK rankings for 2012, and 6th in the all time rankings. The throw was also a PB for George beating his last set at the English schools

The girls’ football teams have been almost unbeatable at every age group, dominating area and county competitions.

Some ran into the summer term because of the poor weather but it was worth the wait!

The U13 team won the Area Tournament at the start of the season, with the final an all-KJS affair, the U13s beating the U12s!

The U14s won the County Cup, beating Allertonshire 5-0 in the Final. The U16s won the County Cup, beating St John Fisher’s 1-0 in the Final.

To top it off the U19s also won the County Cup, beating St Aidan’s 5-0 in the Final.