ISF Athletics 2013
World Schools' Championship
Memorial Jan Humbert
Karlovy/Sokolov, Czech Republic
22nd to 27thJune 2013
The Selected Team for Boys almost duplicated the girls' performance with a finish in second place, only 5 points behind China.
|This competition has an unusual format because it is an U18 team competition where 6 athletes are selected, and between them they must cover all five categories of track and field. This means the team must contain a sprinter, hurdler, Jumper, Thrower and Middle Distance runner. Their respective results are graded against a combined events scoring table, and the team with the highest aggregate total wins the World Schools Cup.|
In a separate competition, but following the same format, each nation is represented by its
outstanding individual school team.
The ESAA were represented by the 2012 ESAA Track & Field Cup winners, Fitzwimarc School, Essex; and Southend School for Girls, Essex.
The Fitzwimarc School
|Early outstanding performances included England's BOBBY CLAY with a near record performance in the Selected Girls 1500m of 4mins 19.39 seconds, and a new record set in the Selected Boys Shot Putt by the amazingly powerful CHOUAI SUN of China, 21.14 metres; the nearby High Jump area was evacuated during his attempts!|
The weather was a bearable 15C on the first day but dropped to a very cool and damp 10C on the
second day of competition, which was not suited to good sprint and hurdles performances.
TOP SCORES FOR ENGLAND TEAMS:
The FitzWimarc School:
Southend High School for Girls:
Full details of results can be found at isf-athletics2013.com
There is a very distinct possibility that this is the last time that an ESAA representative team competes abroad because of an ISF rule change in 2014, across all sports, which changes the current under 18 age group to be under 19, which makes the selection almost impossible because events will no longer relate to any competitions within the UK. It would also be impossible to relate these events to meet ESAA School Cup team results in Track and Field or Cross Country based on Under 16 age groups in our existing competitions.