A highly competitive School Games Sporthall Athletics final held at Temple Park, South Shields saw primary and secondary school pupils from Tyne and Wear compete against each other in various athletics races.
This final followed on from the year nine and ten competition which saw Whitley Bay High win the girls championships and St Thomas More win for the boys championship.
The year five and six Sporthall Athletics competition went under way first and saw Gosforth Central Middle School from Newcastle take the champion position.
The year seven boys Champion title went to the Gateshead School, Cardinal Hume and the year seven girls title went to Gosforth Central Middle School with a close win of only one point.
The year eight boys resulted in Marden Bridge Middle School, North Tyneside taking the champion position by only six points to second place school, Gosforth Central Middle. The year eight girls competition was very close but again Gosforth Central Middle School took the title.
Having competed in their own local authority areas, the schools had to qualify for the School Games Sportshall Athletics finals.
Rebecca and Guy from Newbottle Primary said, “We got involved with School Games as our teachers saw our skills in a range of athletics sessions in school. We also have a school hockey team which our teacher has to pick a new team each week as we have such a big squad. So overall, it’s really competitive to be part of School Games which we really enjoy.”
Hannah and Ruby from Westmoor Primary School discussed the importance of team work, “What we love about taking part in sport is that you’re in a group and have to work with other people, which makes it better as sometimes when you think you can’t do something, your teammates are there cheering you on.”
School Games Coordinator Claire Lee from Tyne & Wear Sport said, “We are committed to getting more people, more active, more often and want young people to get involved in sport, as well as develop a sporting habit for life. The School Games helps to give more young people the opportunity to play competitive sport. The standard of competition here today has been incredibly high”.
Avid sporting participants, John, Ben and Ethan from Whitburn School demonstrated the level of commitment amongst some of the pupils attending the finals, “We participate in other sports as well, one of us plays football for Sunderland Academy and we all play for Roker Football Club. Some of us sometimes play rugby and participate in athletics outside of school.”
Discussing the importance of coping under pressure, James, Aaron and Nieve from Cardinal Hume said: “That feeling of winning makes you feel on top of the world but then if you lose you feel sad but you can look back on what happened and move on from it. It is hard competing and you do get nervous but once you get used to it you’re fine.”
The Games are being delivered by schools, Tyne & Wear Sport, national governing bodies of sports, school games organisers and other local partners. Support of the School Games also comes from a range of national partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, Department of Health, Paralympics GB and the Youth Sport Trust.
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