815 schoolchildren aged 7-14 from 94 Sussex schools competed for sporting glory at the Sussex School Games a ‘Mini-Olympics and Paralympics’ held on Wednesday 29 June 2016 at K2, Crawley. Pupils battled it out across a range of sports, including athletics, golf, cricket, gymnastics & disability sports, winning points for their area as well as medals for their schools.
The area with the most points collectively was Mid Sussex, who were crowned School Games champions for a second successive year. Though they got to lift the trophy, there were some impressive performances from children from across the county, who had smiles on their faces whether they won, drew or lost.
Laura, aged 8, from St Andrews Primary School in Brighton & Hove was part of a team that came forth in Tri-Golf. Laura said: ‘It’s been an exciting day! We were so close to getting bronze but it doesn’t matter that we missed out because I’ve had so much fun and I’ve made loads of new friends.’
They were joined by professional athletes Chantelle Cameron, World Class GB boxer and Montell Douglass, World Class GB sprinter.
Montell who is part of the Sport Engalnd Sporting Champions programme delivered some inspiring words during the opening ceremony: ‘I’m really humbled as an athlete to be here today. I remember when I first started out in sport, the excitement and the buzz that I relished in. I realise now that’s where it all started for me, and your journey is no different to mine, it’s just in a different place. The opportunity I’ve been given to see you start your journey is a blessing in itself. Remember, if you don’t win today, you can win tomorrow.’
Chantelle, who also works as a Sporting Champion delivered a boxing themed warm-up during the opening ceremony and shared some motivational words of her own, ‘Today is not about winning, it’s about trying your best. Let’s socialise, mingle in, and have fun with our friends today. Sport is all about having fun! For those of you who may be a little nervous today, don’t worry, I still get nervous when I box, and nerves are good! Once the games start, excitement will take over!’
Results − top three final standings:
1. Mid Sussex
3. South Downs