Students from Newcastle and North Tyneside were top of the class at the Tyne & Wear Sportshall Athletics finals.
Schools from the two areas shared all of the five gold medal places between them after competing in a range of indoor athletics events as part of the School Games programme, which took place at The Temple Park Sports Centre, South Tyneside.
Katherine, 10, from Gosforth Central, was competing in a number of events. She said: “I’ve competed in the obstacle relay, the chest push and also the javelin today. I’ve really enjoying it, especially since I won some of my events. I really like the thrill of sport. I also do swimming, running, basketball and cycling.”
Relay race competitor Tilly, 12, from Thorp Academy, said: “I got involved in sport because my dad used to do athletics and he encouraged me to give it a go. I just love sport now and I am very competitive and doing sport helps to keep me active. I’m really enjoying the event today, it’s nice to be with your friends while taking part.”
On the day, 600 children competed in 12 events, including obstacle relay races, long jump, triple jump, soft javelin and speed bounce. All the schools had qualified for the final having competed in their own local authority areas.
Claire Lee, School Sport Development Manager at Tyne & Wear Sport said, “All of the competitors should be congratulated for reaching the finals and we’re delighted to continue to engage so many pupils in sport through the School Games.
“Sport can have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of children and young people across Tyne & Wear. There are many potential benefits including improving activity levels, awareness of health issues and increasing confidence and organisational skills.”
The event was supported by Young Leaders from St Joseph’s Catholic Academy, South Tyneside, who assisted with scoring, officiating and organising. Each sport station was managed by a young leader, giving them the opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience.
The School Games is a national programme supported by over £100 million of Lottery and Government funding since 2012. 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.
For more information about the Tyne & Wear School Games please visit www.tynewearschoolgames.org.