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PUBLISHED: 12:31 11 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:48 06 May 2010

STUDENTS from Oaklands College Athletics Academy topped the medals table at the SESSA Indoor Championships for the second year running. SESSA is an annual event held for students of 16 and over from Colleges and Universities in the South of England and wi

STUDENTS from Oaklands College Athletics Academy topped the medals table at the SESSA Indoor Championships for the second year running.

SESSA is an annual event held for students of 16 and over from Colleges and Universities in the South of England and with over 200 competitors from around the country, including Oxford and Cambridge, the standard at this year's competition was high.

There were outstanding performances in the 60m sprint from two of Oaklands' rising stars, Antoe Walters and Corrine Humphries, who both left the competition standing to take gold. Oaklands won several other medals but it was left to Tonderai Tomu to secure Oaklands' place at the top of the medal table which he did by winning the individual 400m and then leading the team home to gold in the relay.

Josh Moss, team captain and 800m finalist, was ecstatic with his team's performance, saying: "It was great to see the team do so well, we were not at full strength so we knew we had to find that little bit of extra strength and we did. It was great that even athletes not selected came and supported the team. There was such a buzz around the event and that helped drive us on.

"The coaches from the Academy place great emphasis on this competition and its importance as it allows us to compete and showcase our talents against older, more experienced opposition."

Gary Anderson, performance director at Oaklands Athletics Academy added: "We always support the SESSA Association by trying to field as strong a team as possible. This year it was difficult due to competition clashes and injuries so we had to select some of the younger members of the academy. They certainly did us proud, young Antoe Walters and Corrine Humphries winning the 60m in outstanding times for their age illustrates that our programme can allow young people to further their athletic careers whilst combining their studies. It is an academy policy that all athletes have to have reached certain academic targets before they are eligible for selection. My highlight of the day? Winning both relays against illustrious opposition.


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