On Wednesday the 9th of May, a team of 16 Year 9 and 10 students set off from King’s College Murcia to compete in the King’s games in Madrid. A three day event in which four King’s schools compete in Athletics, Football and Swimming, organised and hosted by King’s College Soto.

After a good night’s rest in the hotel, the teams set out for the picturesque Athletics ground for the first day’s event. After hard fought races, competitive jumps and spirited throws. King’s Murcia walked away with a number of medals, including Vicky’s two golds for shotput and discus, Pepe for Javelin and triple jump, Yllian’s two silvers for the 800m and the 100m sprint, Vera’s silver in the Javelin, Eugenia’s in the long jump, Bronze in the high jump for Marta and a few others too, round off a gruelling day of competition. The students then went to explore the Bernabeu stadium, home of Real Madrid, to inspire the teams for the football the following morning.

After arriving at the football venue, no time was wasted and the girls and boys teams were straight into action. The boys beating King’s Alicante with a 1-0 win after a stunning goal from Pepe. The boys continued to beat all the other schools to secure a place in the final, after a fantastic defensive display from Alberto and a few goals from David and Antonio. Despite beating them previously in the tournament, it wasn’t to be for our boys, who lost to King’s Alicante in the final to finish second.

The girls, despite only narrowly losing 1-0 to the eventual winners via a penalty decision, battled hard with some inspirational play from team captain Isabella. Defensive master classes from Claudia and Vera and attacking prowess from Paula and Laura, meant that the girls would battle it out for third place. The girl’s game had the exciting climax of a penalty shootout, in which they were narrowly edged out. A truly remarkable effort from both teams all day, secured third place over all for Murcia. That evening the highs and lows continued in a different way. The teams journeyed to Universal Studios to seek thrills on the rides and roller coasters.

The last day was the Swimming, taking place in Soto’s twenty five meter pool. The girls and boys were pitted against each other in various strokes and relays. Passing through heats and moving on to finals. Vera won bronze for the backstroke, Isabella, who had obtained an ankle injury the day before, showed great heart to take bronze in the freestyle. Marta and Eugenia were narrowly beaten in their respective events. The boys freestyle relay team of Gonzalo, Pepe, Angel and David took bronze with a colossal effort. Santiago, despite only being a year 8, powered through the boys individual medley. The event was wrapped up with a prize giving and a barbeque and amazingly every one of our athletes came home with at least one medal.

For a school that is small in comparison to its sister schools, King’s College Murcia punched well above its weight and gave these bigger schools a close competition, especially in the football and throwing events. The students represented themselves and King’s with honour and Mr Rumistrzewicz, the PE department and the whole school couldn’t be prouder of them – very well done indeed!

Mr Mills