Schools representing the Southern Sussex area did their region proud as they came first place out of nine areas in Sussex at the Sainsbury’s School Games: a ‘mini-Olympics and Paralympics’ held on Thursday 10 July 2014 at K2, Crawley.
The event saw over 800 pupils aged 7 to 14 from 76 schools across Sussex compete for sporting glory, joined by over 200 volunteers who ensured that the day went smoothly.
Pupils battled it out across a range of sports, including athletics, golf, cricket, netball and gymnastics. They achieved 1st place in Year 7 Netball, Year 5-6 & Year 7 Athletics & 2nd place in Year 3-4 & Year 9-10 Golf, Year 5-6 Hockey & Year 5-8 Parallel Disability Sports.
Poppy, 12, from Downlands Community School was part of a team that won Bronze in the Year 7 Netball event and were also awarded with the ‘Determination Award’. Poppy said: ‘It’s been really great – competitive but fun at the same time, and it’s nice to make friends with who you’re marking!’
They were joined by professional athlete Lesley Owusu – 400m champion at the 2014 World Masters & silver medallist in the 4 x 400m relay at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Lesley, who also works as a Sporting Champion motivational speaker, delivered some inspiring words during the opening ceremony:
‘Today is all about passion & loving sports. As an athlete of over 25 years, I know what it means to set goals, push yourself and push barriers. I wish everyone here success, competition, fair play & most importantly, to celebrate sport.’
Thank you to everybody who made the School Games a huge success and to Gold Tier Partners: Freedom Leisure and University of Chichester.