The schools relay race held this year for the tenth time is one of the ways innogy is engaged in youth sports. Former light athletics champion Willi Wülbeck has been an ambassador for the project from the very beginning. The 1983 800-metre world champion even mentors pupils in individual coaching sessions and of course also at the event itself. The pupils have just one goal: to break Wülbeck’s personal best 800-metre performance: 1:43.65 minutes.
innogy got around 2,850 young enthusiasts up and running in 2016, 800 more than in the previous year. The motto was “All against Willi”, and the aim was to break Willi Wülbeck’s 800-metre record – but with a little additional help: eight runners each run 100 metres in relay. The runs are judged in two age groups, divided into primary and secondary schools. The final took place as part of the state championship “Jugend trainiert für Olympia” (youth training for the Olympics) in Goch. The young sports enthusiasts gave it their all on the track – but in the end no relay team managed to break Wülbeck’s record of 1:43,65 minutes.
There were however some winners: Hölter school from Mülheim won the primary schools competition, and the Städtische Stiftsgymnasium Xanten won the secondary schools category. Willi Wülbeck, who supports the project in collaboration with innogy, said at the finals that he was proud of the young athletic talent he had seen: “Today everyone fought hard and gave their all. In teams they did better than ever before and also had lots of fun. For me its important to show that enthusiasm can bring out the best performance in people. This sporting will to win as well as plenty of team spirit is something I see very clearly at the innogy schools relay races.”