Records tumble at hi-tech sports day
A host of records were broken as a school's sports day went hi-tech.
Cameras helped give a different aspect to Bede Academy’s annual festival of sport, held at Monkton Stadium in Jarrow.
As well as the competitors being fitted with cameras to show their eye view of the action, a drone gave a bird’s eye view of proceedings.
Students rose to the occasion with 29 new records set on the day.
Athletes smashed the previous best performances across the events with Year 9 girls and Year 10 boys in particular setting new high standards.
In Year 7, records fell in the javelin through Molly Burt and Ethan Alia.
Ellie Morris was the toast of the Year 8 girls, posting new record times in the hurdles and high jump, while Josh Leddy set a new record of 26.59 in the 200m.
Year 10 student Ellie Burt made it a hat-trick of shot put records, her performance adding to her records set in Year 8 and 9, as well as setting a new standard in the triple jump.
The list of record breakers among the Year 10 boys included Liam Watson in the hurdles, Ryan Hull in the 100m, Cameron Moore in the 400m and high jump, Nicky Richmond in the shot and Harry Sawyer in the triple jump.
Taylor Glover took the 800m record for the second year in a row and confirmed his total dominance of the 1500m, having broken the academy record every year from Year 7 to 10.
In their penultimate year at Bede, Rebecca Douglas broke the girls’ Year 12 100m record and Tyler McGowan set new standards in the javelin and high jump.
For the boys, Adam Simmons broke the high jump record and Liam McNally won the triple jump.
Simon McAree, director of sport, said: “Sports day gets more competitive every year as our talented athletes push themselves to achieve their very best, loudly supported by their houses.
“All the competitors should be very proud of their performances.
“The fact that the students broke even the record for the most records broken in one day reflects the continued improvement in standards at Bede Academy.”