The 2013/14 Leicestershire and Rutland School Games came to a successful, albeit wet, climax at Uppingham School Sports Centre, as hundreds of competitors went for gold at the Summer Championships last month.
More than 140 teams of primary school pupils aged 5 to 11 took part in an action-packed day of competitive school sport and celebration, battling it out for the title of ‘School Games Champions’ and ‘Spirit of the Games Champions’, and attempting to position their partnership as high up the medals table as possible by the end of the day.
Pupuils representing over 90 different schools, endeavoured to battle through the rain by competing in 16 competitions, across 10 sports, in the showcase finale school sport event of 2013/14, which was also part of National School Sport Week.
Team GB Paralympic Sprinter Sam Ruddock and Grace Garner, GO GOLD Ambassador and British Cycling Talent Team Cyclist, were present to officially open the Summer Championships and encouraged the young athletes to be the best they can be.
The 2013/14 School Games Champions were Hinckley and Bosworth who snatched the title with victories on the final day of competition.
Rutland claimed a massive six ‘Spirit of the Games’ trophies in Uppingham at the Championships to romp to victory winning the most trophies over the year of competition, an amaxing ten in totoal, with their displays of determination, honesty, passion, respect, self-belief and teamwork.
Geoff Maltby, Sports Development manager from Leicestershire & Rutland Sport (LRS) said:
“This year’s School Games Summer Championships saw a record number of schools and young people competing, continuing to successfully build on our award-winning programme, which is now in its third year and as good as ever! In spite of the Great British weather threatening to dampen this year’s event; it was another huge success, seeing our most talented young athletes compete against their peers to become county champions and our talented young leaders managing and running competitions in a variety of leadership roles.”