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Walk in the Park: The Victory Academy Comes out on Top in Medway Walking Competition. The Victory Academy lived up to its name last week after it was named as the secondary school winner of the Medway Walk2Count Challenge.
The regional competition, held as part of National Walk to School Week, recorded the number of students walking to school between May 15th-19th, and was established to promote healthy lifestyles and green travel.
Having finished as the runner-up in last year’s challenge, The Victory Academy came out on top this time around. They were joined during the competition by 17 other schools and academies from Medway, who together completed 34,286 journeys to school.
The school’s success was driven by Community Liaison Officer Monika Oravcova, who encouraged students to participate, as well as a wide number of tutors who helped with organisation.
The Victory Academy’s triumph continues the school’s recent winning streak in regional competitions, following its success at the Medway Dance Fusion event in April. On that occasion, performers from the school were ranked both first and second by judges from BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and Kent Sport.
The school is a member of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT), a family of schools providing high-quality education to students across two hubs in Medway and Portsmouth.
Mandy Gage, Principal of The Victory Academy, said:
“Our triumph in the Medway Walk2Count Challenge is an achievement that all participating students and staff should be immensely proud of.
“I would like to thank Monika and all the tutors who worked hard to organise this event – and well done to the many students who walked us to success!
“Walking to school is not only healthy for students, but has a very positive impact on the environment by reducing vehicle emissions. We can all be proud of the part we have played in promoting green travel.”
James Sutton, Principal Road Safety Officer, Medway Council, said:
“Congratulations to The Victory Academy on winning our ‘WALK2COUNT CHALLENGE’ in the secondary school category by achieving the highest percentage of pupils walking over the focus week.”
Monika Oravcova, Community Liaison Officer at The Victory Academy, said:
“It was great to see so many of our students walking to school during the week-long event, and even better to find out that we had the highest number of journeys out of all secondary schools in Medway!
“Though we will have to wait until 2018 for the next Medway Walk2Count Challenge, The Victory Academy will continue to promote healthy lifestyles to our students, and encourage them to be environmentally friendly.”