Seaford College is a relatively small school, but always manages to punch well above its weight in athletics, and this year we managed to match last year’s record haul at the County Athletics Finals, with 3 golds, 5 silvers and 3 bronzes, with some fine performances. Continue reading
This year, Seaford’s athlete’s are picking up where they left off, enjoying some great success in two meetings this term. Continue reading
Seaford’s athletes have worked hard during pre-season and opened up the summer with a regional fixture against West Sussex West, with the Inter Boys and Senior Boys winning the relay. “We started the season really well on Friday and all our athletes are excited about the summer ahead,” said Jon Thompson, the Head of Athletics at Seaford College.
Olivia McDonald, a Year 10 student, is Seaford’s most successful long distance runner. Last year, in her first year at Seaford College, she won the Sussex Schools Junior Cross Country title and also competed in the Butser Hill Cross Country Challenge, running 3km, and came third overall, the first female to cross the finish line. The first few weeks this year have been busy for Olivia. Continue reading
It was a fantastic afternoon of competitive and enjoyable sporting endeavour, in spite of lurking rain clouds. All those who took part should be commended for giving their absolute best; and congratulations must go to Adair, who were the overall House Winner.
Special mention must also go to those students who were named overall athletes of the day: Continue reading
Particular mention must go to Harry Marchant, who won gold in the Senior Boys’ 400m hurdles, setting a new school record in the process. Ross Hinton also won gold in the Senior Boys’ Long Jump, and many congratulations must go to them both.
Seaford saw success elsewhere with several silver medals. Simon Ward won silver in the Junior Boys’ Javelin, and he has been subsequently selected for the County team for their match next weekend. Both the Senior Boys and Junior Boys won silver in the relay.
Flying the flag for the girls was Charlotte Reading, who won an impressive bronze in the 800m. Jack Glascott won bronze in the Junior Boys’ Discus, as did Hugo Squires in the Inter Boys’ 200m. The Inter Boys picked up another bronze in the relay.
Antony Cook, Seaford College’s Director of Sport, said: “These results show all the hard work that has been put in by all pupils and the coaching team, and I am very proud of all those who competed in the County Athletics Finals. We are now looking forward to our Sports’ Day which promises to be highly competitive.”
Seaford College Head Boy Harry Leleu has been at Seaford College since Year 7. A talented triathlete, he is balancing an intense training schedule with his A-Levels, and is planning to go to university to read Physics. He aspires to one day compete in the Olympic Games.
What have you enjoyed about being Head Boy at Seaford?
I enjoy responsibility and I like being a leader, like on the Charlton Chase. We won it this year and I loved going out with the boys and pushing ourselves. I like being a role model, sitting at the front of Assembly with the younger kids looking up to me. The Head Girl Sasha and I lead a team of prefects; we coordinate the rota for lunch and break time duties. Sasha and I set up peer-mentoring; last year was a trial and Continue reading
Seaford sent a large team of athletes to the competition and there were many notable successes. In the Senior category, County and Regional athlete and talented triathlete Harry Leleu successfully defended his 3,000m title, whilst Jake McQuade Continue reading
Seaford College Head Boy Harry Leleu is a hugely talented triathlete who regularly competes in races across the country. He aspires to compete at the 2020 Olympics, and has recently won one of the Chichester Corporate Challenge races, beating several older and more experienced athletes.
How did you get into triathlon?
My parents are both very sporty; my mum does yoga and my dad did gymnastics, trampolining and swimming. I was enrolled in swimming aged one, and I finished all levels of swimming by the age of 11 or 12. I could then choose to do triathlon or to continue swimming. I had never run before, but I had cycled, so I gave it a go and joined the Arun Triathlon Club in Felpham and really enjoyed it. By the end of Year 7 I was swimming, running and cycling all of the time.
When did you realise that you had a talent for triathlon?
Through the Chichester Triathlon Club I started competing in the South East Regional Series. When I was 14, I entered the South East Regional Academy, which is made up of 20 athletes between the ages of 14 to 18. The Academy runs six to seven training weekends across the summer season, and I was finding it impossible, it was so much harder than anything I’d ever done. But I realised that running was my strongest area, even though I’d been doing it for the shortest time. I was doing better in anything over 1500m; I had a lot of endurance, which is unusual as younger kids tend to be quicker.
What is your training schedule like?
Winter training is less intense, but longer. I’ll do three to four hours road biking, run three to four times a week, bike two to three times a week, and swim seven times a week. With swimming you really have to spend lots of time in the water; if I’m out of the water for two weeks it feels like I’m swimming in oil. I spend a lot of time on my technique, and I have a couple of guys who look after me. One is a lecturer in Sports Science at Portsmouth University, and he keeps an eye on the amount of running I’m doing and sets sessions for me. He sets the right pace for me, and makes sure I don’t over train. He’ll look after my running until I go to university.
What competitions do you have coming up?
This weekend I’m competing in the National Duathlon Championships, which is made up of a run, then cycling, then another run. I’d love to get into the top five, but I should make the top ten. I’ve got a two month gap after that, and then I’m competing in an Aquathon, which is a swim in an open water lake and a run. I train at Westhampnett Lake and I live close to the beach, so I’m used to swimming in open water. I’ve then got three big races, all triathlons at Blenheim Palace, Loughborough and Eton Dorny. These triathlons are organised by British Triathlon, Continue reading