30 June 2023
On Friday 16th June, teams from sixteen independent schools in Sussex competed in the Sussex round of the Independent Association of Prep Schools Athletics Championships at the K2 in Crawley.
Four athletes from Burgess Hill Girls finished in the top two for their event, qualifying them to compete against the twenty best athletes in the country at the National Finals at the Pingles Stadium in Nuneaton in July. Evie Grobel finished second place in the 800 metres. Millie Topping and Bella Farrant both achieved personal bests in events new to them this year. finishing first and second in the triple and long jump, respectively. Amber Flood finished in first place in the discus with a throw of over eighteen metres.
Director of Sport Suzy Clapp is excited to see the girls doing so well:
“At Burgess Hill Girls we work really hard to help girls discover their talents in new sports, so it is very pleasing that two of our national qualifiers managed it in events new to them this year. I should also give special praise to the whole team, the support they give each other helps them reach new heights, or should I say, in this case, lengths!”
The girls’ success in these recent finals adds to a triumphant year for Burgess Hill Girls athletics. In May the school’s Senior and Junior teams took twenty medals at the Sussex Independent Schools Diamond League finals, with four golds each for Charlotte Campbell-Rayner and Stella Kalman, and two for Libby Quickfall.