A spring in Foundation’s step
FOUNDATION are now even more motivated to take down Springer.
Physical education teacher Seibert Straughn isn’t concerned with losing out in the Esther Maynard Zone to Springer at all, saying that the narrow defeat will only further push his Church Hill girls towards winning the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Athletic Championships (BSSAC).
“I would have loved for us to win this girls’ title too, but that gives us added motivation now to go back to the drawing board and come back stronger if we want to be champions in the girls,” explained Straughn.
“The good thing about track and field is that this event starts fresh next Thursday and Friday, so it’s about who will want it the most, and I feel good about our chances next Thursday and Friday.
“It’s all about the mental preparation in terms of getting our athletes ready for the two days of competition. But we are very confident that they will do well and put on a good show to make the Christ Church Foundation School very proud,” he added.
Tipped by many to end Springer’s streak of 12 straight titles, Foundation fell just short of toppling the 16-time BSSAC queens in the Esther Maynard Zone after finishing 16 points behind Springer.
But Straughn was buoyed by the fact that the race was a close one this time, considering the defending champs are accustomed to winning by margins of over 100 points.
And the school took further solace when they came out triumphant in the boys’ section after the big additions of Rivaldo Leacock and Kevin Briggs helped them hold off Combermere at the zone meet.
“I feel pleased with the team because we worked hard from September last year and to come to a set-up like this for the first time ever and perform is pretty good,” reasoned Straughn.
“But this started back from the last two years where we came fourth and then third in the girls, then we did really well last year in the cross countries and our athletes have been doing well at the weekend meets. It’s been a part of their preparation, but at the same time the success of our teams isn’t just what we’re doing in our programme at Foundation, because I must thank all the clubs for training our athletes as well.
“However, I am well sure we have to watch the other teams in the other zone, especially defending champions in the boys, Lester Vaughan, because they won’t just give us the title,” he added.