Ashburton Drive Primary School students not cross with finish at cross country carnival


Ashburton Primary school finished third - the highest ever - in the Souther River Sports Association Cross-country event.
Ashburton Primary school finished third - the highest ever - in the Souther River Sports Association Cross-country event.

ASHBURTON Drive Primary School has made a breakthrough triumph at the Southern River Sports Association Cross Country event.

The school finished third out of the 11 schools which competed – its highest finish ever at an interschool sports carnival.

The school also won the handicap shield, which is awarded to the highest adjusted performance based on school size.

Health and physical education head Tracey Wood said she was “ecstatic” at the unexpected win.

“We’ve never achieved this; we’ve always been about 9th, 10th. The highest we got before was 5th,” she said,

“I was over the moon. After many years of not being able to get up to the top level because normally in our cluster of schools, we’re broken up into two pools, all 11 schools came together and we finished third and won the handicap shield.”

The school’s years 3 and 4 students spearheaded its performance as both finished in the top three of their respective divisions.