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April 2, 2012
Last week saw the launch of the Cumbria School Games with the first of three events in the county during 2012. Hundreds of young gymnasts came together to take part in the Cumbria Key Steps Gymnastics Finals at Penrith Leisure Centre to mark the launch of the 2012 Cumbria School Games. The School Games is a new approach to competitive school sport, using the inspiration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to help transform competitive sport in schools and get more young people playing sport. The School Games is a key government priority for realising a meaningful sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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 1,800 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.
Lindal and Marton School, representing Furness became double small school winners for both the Key Steps One competition and the Key Steps Two competition. Crosby on Eden small school representing Carlisle won the Key Step Three competition. In the large school competition Furness teams once again become double winners with Chapel Street Infants winning the Key Steps One competition and Yarlside winning the Key Steps Two competition. Brampton Junior School representing Carlisle won the Key Steps Three competition.
Richard Johnston, Active Cumbria's Partnership Manager said;
"The Gymnastics event was a great launch event for what will be a fantastic Cumbria School Games in 2012. 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".
All over Cumbria hundreds of young athletes will have the chance to come together and take part in a further two events as part of the Cumbria School Games. The three Cumbria School Games County Festivals will involve children from all six districts in Cumbria. Approximately 1,500 young people from primary, secondary and special schools will competed in 12 different sports, including 5 inclusive sports at the three events in 2012. The largest of the three events will take place on the 27th June in Carlisle with a Multisports Festival and a smaller event on the 4th July will see the County Year 7 Athletics finals take place in Copeland. The events will also be supported by more than 150 student volunteers, who will form 'The School Games Crew' helping run and promote the event.