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Crawshaw Strike Gold in Outdoor Pursuits Challenge

We are celebrating this week after our team emerged victorious in a new challenge event for Outdoor Activities arranged by the Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre (LSAC).  The LSAC Outdoor Adventure Activities Challenge is on debut to commemorate the Olympic year.  

On Wednesday 20th June 2012 a team of 12 year 9 students (6 boys and 6 girls) from Crawshaw made the short journey to Yeadon Tarn to take part in the city-wide event.  The challenge involved secondary schools from across Leeds including Rounday and Prince Henry's. 

Due to the nature of the events, which included kayaking, canoeing and mountain biking, each of the schools entered competed on different days throughout June and recorded an overall score for their attempt at the challenge.  The scores were then collated to find an overall winner. The results were announced last week and Crawshaw School came out on top!  The key to success in the event was consistency and whilst we didn't win at every discipline, the team performed well throughout and excelled in the mountain biking stage, taking the fastest time overall. 

Team & Trophy held by Miss Binns jpoined by Charlie Pyatt from School Sports Partnerhips and Gill Newman, Manager of LSAC

The presentation took place at school on Tuesday 17th July, where the inaugural title and medals were awarded to the team in front of their peers at a celebratory assembly.  The success and popularity of the competition means that a trophy has been sought which will be retained by the school until next year, when Crawshaw will defend their title. Miss Binns, Teacher of PE in charge of the team said “It’s great to give students the chance to participate in activities that many of them would not normally have access, opportunity or inclination to.  It is particulary appropriate this year as Great Britain dominate in sports such as cycling, watersports such as rowing and sailing” 

She added “Crawshaw has a strong history of offering outdoor pursuits and we have seen so many students grow in confidence and learn about themselves & their peers through activities such as climbing, caving, hiking and abseiling, as well as the more traditional PE activities.  We are delighted to have competed in this event so to have won is a fantastic achievement.  We hope this will have a positive impact on those involved and inspire others to get involved in the future.”