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Tyne and Wear young people with disabilities triumph in successful Championship

School pupils from across Tyne and Wear took part in the Sportshall Athletics Parallel Challenge final at Temple Park Leisure Centre, which took place on the 27th February. Nine schools qualified for the finals which saw approximately 50 talented pupils competing against each other for the title.

The finals were the culmination of a series of qualifying rounds for the Sportshall Athletics. The champion position went to Gosforth Junior Academy from Newcastle and the runners up were Shiney Row Primary School from Sunderland.

Ethan and Sophie from St Mary’s School in Sunderland said, “We are really enjoying today and we have competed in many of the events including the relays, chest pass and the javelin. We have won some of the events and lost some but it is the taking part that counts.”

John from Gosforth Junior Academy said, “Everyone is working really hard and we have had a really good day. I also play football for the school team and I love Newcastle Academy.”

The School Games event has provided many pupils with the opportunity to work as a team and represent their school. School Games also provides young people with disabilities a fantastic new learning opportunity and allows them to socialise with friends whilst taking part.

School Games Coordinator Claire Lee from Tyne & Wear Sport said, “It has been a really good day today and the standard of the competition has been incredibly high. It’s a great competition which offers more opportunities for young people with disabilities."

To find out more about the School Games please visit our education page. 


·         1st – Gosforth Junior Academy (Newcastle)

·         2nd – Shiney Row (Sunderland)

·         3rd – Harlow Green & South Street (Gateshead)

·         4th – Carr Hill Primary & Colegate Primary (Gateshead)

·         5th – Bambrugh School (South Tyneside)

·         6th – St Mary’s School (Sunderland)

·         7th – Whitehouse School (North Tyneside)

·         8th – Hadrian School (Newcastle)

·         9th – Beacon Hill (North Tyneside)