King’s College Murcia played host to the King’s Group Primary Games for the third year running. We welcomed our sister schools from Madrid, Soto and La Moraleja, as well as our neighbours from Alicante. Each school entered a team of 8 boys and 8 girls who would compete over 2 days of athletics, swimming and football.

The first day started with a full athletics programme and it was evident from the start that the standard of athletes was exceptional. The boys started on the track with the girls in the field. Notable performances came from Alberto R coming 2nd in the 100m and Conor T coming 3rd in the 800m. The girls also did very well with Candela del Rio achieving a podium in the long jump. When the boys hit the field, Murcia had great success with Alberto R winning the long jump, and Nathan M winning the high jump. The morning sessions finished with the relays and the boys’ team managed to get 2nd place.

A special mention should go to our team of sports leaders who led the events so well and were a credit to the school.

After a brief lunch break, the event hit the pool with an expansion on last year’s programme. Events including the medley and all four strokes meant the students were very busy. Murcia had a very strong team of swimmers which resulted in many qualifications for the finals, as well as a few podium positions. Highlights included a 2nd place in the butterfly and medley for Alejandro M, and final qualifications for Daniel M, Victoria M, Arantxa A and Candela del Rio. The boys freestyle relay team were narrowly beaten into 2nd in the final as well.

Day 2 saw the much anticipated football tournament hosted at King’s College Murcia. Once again, the standard was high and all the games were very close. All four schools were competitive, each with a chance of winning the trophy. After some great performances, our boys were narrowly beaten by La Moraleja and Soto, but won 4-0 over Alicante, securing 3rd place. Our girls were outstanding and, despite losing their first game 2-1 to La Moraleja, beat the remaining two schools to come 2nd. Arantxa A was outstanding throughout.

After two days of intense competition, La Moraleja were crowned champions with Soto 2nd, Murcia 3rd and Alicante 4th. As always the Games brought all the teams together through displays of sportsmanship and great competitive spirit. We are already excited for 2019 as the Games continue to get bigger.

Mr Mills and Mrs Foy