Invictus Games 2018/2019 – We have a WINNER!
Thursday 4th July saw the final Invictus Games of the 2018/2019 academic year. The Invictus Games take place 3 times per year, and over a 2 year period each of our schools host the games. The ‘home’ school select the sports our students will compete in and all 6 schools battle it out to be crowned ‘Invictus Games Champions’
Our hosts for the final event of the year were Kinver High School and guests were welcomed by members of Kinver’s Army Cadet Force detachment, who looked tremendous in their uniform, helping direct visitors from the school gates.
The tone for the event was set during the magnificent opening ceremony. Kinver head teacher, Mr Taylor, welcomed the participants from the 5 other schools, Crestwood, Ellowes, Leasowes, Ounsdale and Pedmore, before handing over to the Master of Ceremonies, Year 9’s Iwo Dokszewicz.
Iwo opened the ceremony with a rousing recital of Earnest Hemingway’s poem, Invictus, the source from which we drew the inspiration for the name of our Trust. Our MC then expertly introduced a selection of Kinver High’s finest performing arts talents. Each performance received a well-deserved ovation from the on looking athletes and guests.
A huge well done to:
Grace Pugh, Year 9, with an amazing performance of Ed Sheeren’s ‘Happier’. Lola Meyrick and Mia Thornley, Year 10, who are black belts in Taekwondo and showcased a stunning sequence. Katie Bickle of Year 9 sang a beautiful cover of Rihanna’s ‘Stay’. Josh Blewitt (Year 9) and Skye Markey (Year 8) blew the audience away with a Latin Dance routine which they had performed when reaching the semi-finals of the British ‘Latin Dance’ Championships. The opening ceremony was beautifully brought to a close by Connie Sharpe (Year 9) singing Labrynth’s ‘Jealous’
The performances were truly peerless, and fearless, and left the athletes raring to go.
Kinver’s sports field was our venue for the day and it looked glorious, basked in sunshine, pitches marked out and the Invictus Sports Leaders in position for the morning’s events – rounders for the girls and softball for the boys.
The 6 teams were comprised of students from Years 7 & 8 from their respective schools and saw all six teams playing each other once in a ‘timed innings’ match. The atmosphere during the games was a perfect reflection of the Invictus Sport’s values, fierce but fair. Excellent fielding, bowling, batting, communication and teamwork was evident in abundance and led to a morning of brilliant battles.
Crestwood got their team off to a flyer in the rounders event, winning every game and finishing in first place, closely followed by Kinver in second place. Ounsdale pipped Pedmore to 3rd place on ‘rounders difference’ after winning the same amount of games.
In the boys’ softball Ounsdale took 3rd place yet again, rounding off a very consistent morning for team Ounsdale, Kinver with another 2nd place, putting them in a very strong position heading into the afternoon session and the winners were Ellowes who were undefeated in all 5 matches.
The athletes then broke for lunch, Kinver’s Head of PE, Mr Wilkes organised a banquet for our superstars to ensure they were recharged and ready for an afternoon of athletics.
Students competed in a combination of 100m, 200m, 800m along with a 4 x 100m and 4 x 300m relays. The teams were vociferous with their support for each other urging their team mates on and motivating them to leave everything on the field! The talent from across the Trust is staggering, explosive speed from our sprinters and lung-busting endurance from our middle distance runners.
The events were so close that it was left to the thrilling relay races to decide the final standings for the athletics. Crestwood took 3rd place, Kinver 2nd and Ounsdale winners!
Onto the closing ceremony and Invictus Director of Sport, Miss Hatton addressed the athletes, thanking them for their participation and commitment before announcing the winners!
First were the individual awards won for outstanding performances throughout the day by Freddie Murphy (Ounsdale) and Rhianna Morrison (Kinver).
Then the result of the event. Across such a wide menu of sports it was incredible how tight the top 3 were with Crestwood taking 3rd place, Ounsdale 2nd and a win for Kinver High School!!
Another great games full of elite experiences and unique opportunities for our students, and really there was only one winner, SPORT!
As this was also the final games of the year scores were aggregated across the 3 events to crown our 2018/2019 Invictus Sport Champions.
Kinver’s win saw them leap into 3rd place, Crestwood took 2nd spot thanks to another consistent display. Ellowes Hall picked up 3 vital points during the final event which saw them finish 2 points ahead of Crestwood to win this year’s Championship!
Well done to all students that have participated or volunteered in any of this year’s games, and a special thank you to the PE staff across the Trust that go above and beyond to create these wonderful opportunities and experiences.
Until next year!