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March 4, 2015
Last week saw the launch of the Cumbria School Games with the first of three events in the county during 2015. Hundreds of young gymnasts came together to take part in the Cumbria Key Steps Gymnastics Finals at Penrith Leisure Centre.
The Key Steps Gymnastics competition was for primary school teams that were successful in their respective competitions in the six districts earlier in the spring term. Around 1,600 children 6-11 years old have already been involved in local competitions leading up to the finals event. This is a measure of the popularity of beginner gymnastics competitions in Cumbrian primary schools. It is also a measure of the hard work of the local school games organisers and community gymnastics programme county-wide. For many performers this was their first step on the competition ladder.
Small School Competitions
Lindal and Marton School, representing Furness became small school winners for Key Steps One competition. Lanercost CE School representing Carlisle won the Key Step Two competition. Fellview School representing Allerdale won the Key Steps Three competition.
Large School Competitions
In the large school competition Seaton Academy representing Allerdale won the Key Steps One competition and North Lakes School representing Eden won the Key Steps Two competition. Yarlside School representing Furness won the Key Steps Three competition.
Howard Todd of Cumbria Schools Gymnastics Association said;
“The Sainsbury’s School Games Key Step Gymnastics Competition in Cumbria is probably the largest event of its type in the UK. In excess of 1,600 children have taken part this year.
Year on year the standards demonstrated at the final improve which is testimony to the quality of teaching and coaching in our primary schools.
We must never underestimate the part enjoyable competition can play in raising standards and setting the foundation for an active lifestyle. Well done to all our young performers from across the county and our young judges from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith you are a credit to your schools and the sport”.
Richard Johnston, Active Cumbria’s Partnership Manager said;
“The hard work put in by Cumbria Schools Gymnastics Association and the local School Games Organisers was evident throughout and the whole competition was exciting, making for an enjoyable day. All of the young people involved gave some really great performances and it was great to see the first Cumbria School Games medals handed out to teams across the county”.
The points from all of the Cumbria School Games events are accumulated and overall Cumbria School Games district winners are announced at the multi sport festival on 10th June in Carlisle.