Schools representing Sussex Southern area defied the rain to win the overall standing competition at the debut Sussex School Games. The Games were held at the K2 Crawley, Thomas Bennett Community College and Broadfield Football Stadium on 3 July, and played host to over 1,300 young competitors.
The Southern area, which featured schools such as Angmering School and Chatsmore Catholic High School, secured first place in six of the 13 sports and amassed a total of 129 points. Other highlights included Dorothy Stringer’s Year 8 girls and boys basketball teams who both won their respective trophies to dominate the courts; the appearance of Olympic gold medal winner Duncan Goodhew who was there to inspire the competitors; and a VIP speech by Children’s Minister Tim Loughton MP who reiterated his commitment to creating an Olympic legacy (Goodhew and Loughton are pictured above with some of those who took part).
Also in attendance to inspire competitors were two Sussex medal winners from the National School Games finals which took place in May at Olympic venues in East London: Brighton’s Olly Moors, 15, gold medal winner in the team sprint cycling, and Angmering’s Peter Vincent, 17, who took silver in the judo competition at national event earlier this year.
Photos from this event are available to view in the gallery.