Fastest Girl in Birmingham
On Friday 18th October, 8 students from Year 7 represented Team PB at the Great Birmingham School Sprint. Jayda Regis, Adeana Graham, Jessica Deans and Cyanne Davis were competing in the girls’ event and Ronaldo Wilson, Rivaldo Wilson, Kyreece Welcome and Andre Simpson-Williams were competing in the boys’ event.
There were over 120 athletes competing at the event from 15 schools including; King Edwards Five Ways, Great Barr School and Sandwell Academy. Despite this, the athletes from Team PB rose to the challenge. This was displayed in the girls’ first heat when Jayda Regis won with the fastest time of the day, 6.65 seconds, finishing over 15 metres ahead of second place. Adeana, Jessica and Cyanne were all placed in the top 3 in their heats. It was a very successful start to what would be a great day for Team PB.
This success continued into the boys heats. Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Kyreece all won their first heat with ease and it wasn’t too long before the Perry Beeches sprinters were recognised as the athletes to beat. Unfortunately there was a stroke of bad luck for Team PB during the boys’ heats. As Andre Simpson-Williams was powering ahead in his first heat, looking certain to make it 4 wins from 4 races, sadly his day came to an end with a pulled muscle. Despite this Andre was a great team player and cheered 4 out of the 8 Perry Beeches athletes into the semi-finals.
Jayda Regis was the first athlete to represent Team PB in the semi-finals. Jayda displayed a very confident semi-final performance to power home and secure a place in the girls’ final. In the boys’ event Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Kyreece were all competing in the semi-finals. Both Ronaldo and Rivaldo cruised to victory to earn a place in the final however Kyreece was placed in a very tough heat was edged out in third place, yet still a fantastic achievement.
This left Team PB with 3 athletes in the finals of the boys’ and girls’ event. This in itself was outstanding, Perry Beeches made up 30% of the final field of the 10 fastest boys’ and girls’ in Birmingham.
There was a lot of pressure on Jayda in the build-up to the girls’ final. All day Jayda was the hot topic of conversation, everybody was excited to see her compete again, would she win? Jayda got off the mark very well, but there were some fast girls in the final. As soon as she got into full stride there was only one winner. Jayda Regis is the fastest girl in Birmingham – 60 metres in 6.65 seconds! Jayda will be representing Perry Beeches and Birmingham in the Great School Sprint National Final in Manchester in May 2014. This event is part of the Great City Games shown live on BBC television.[myvideogall:fast]
With the victory in the girls’ event all eyes were on the PB athletes, Ronaldo and Rivaldo, in the boys’ event. There were some very fast athletes in the boys’ event and everyone knew it would be a close race, adding to the excitement and anticipation. Ronaldo and Rivaldo got off to a great start, but all five boys were practically neck and neck. It wasn’t until the last 10 metres when two athletes just edged in front of the PB sprinters. The boys’ ran a fantastic race in a thrilling final with Rivaldo finishing in 3rd place and Ronaldo finishing in 4th place.
Overall, it was a fantastic day for Perry Beeches and all 8 athletes did themselves and their school proud. The National Finals will be in Manchester in May 2014, so let us give all of our support to Jayda Regis – the fastest girl in Birmingham!