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May 31, 2012
31st May 2012
Over 1,600 of the best school-aged athletes made the most of their opportunity to compete in the Olympic and Paralympic venues in the Sainsbury's 2012 School Games finals.
As competition in 12 sports reached its climax, Prince Harry was named as President of the competition, which is backed by National Lottery funding from Sport England.
Cumbrian Athletes competing in the Olympic Stadium were, Abbie Hetherington of Wigton, Natasha Wilson of Wigton, Fraser Minnican of Ulverston, Lucy Mckenzie of Workington, Nat Pattinson of Carlisle, Emily Bolton of Askham-In-Furness, Anna Nicholson of Brampton, Eleanor Dickinson of Carlisle, Luke Greenbank of Cockermouth and Connor Brookbank.
Commenting at the conclusion of the School Games, Prime Minister David Cameron said: "Huge congratulations to all the winners, runners up and everyone who took part in the School Games Finals this week.
"Without a doubt, one of the most important parts of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has always been the legacy, so it's brilliant to see over 12,000 schools signed up to the School Games, encouraging children to take part in competitive sport, and it's very fitting that some of these young people are amongst some of the first athletes to experience the thrill and excitement of competing at the Olympic Stadium, Velodrome and Aquatics Centre.
"Perhaps we have seen some of the great sports heroes of the future compete this week, but more importantly, I hope they will inspire many more young people to get involved in sport.
"It's a great way to mark the lead-up to the 2012 Games."
Sport England commissioned the Youth Sport Trust to deliver the Sainsbury's 2012 School Games finals event, part of the wider year round School Games initiative. Over 12,000 schools signed up to the Games, which uses the inspiration of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games to transform competitive sport in schools and get more people playing sport. The competition is a celebration of sports participation at every level with class mates competing against each other, and school versus school competitions along with county wide sports festivals.
To find out more about the Cumbria School Games (county finals) got ot www.cumbriaschoolgames.org
Natasha Wilson brought Gold back to Cumbria from the School Games.
The 16 year-old from Wigton is the UK No1 at under-17 level and third in the under-20 age group and she's targeting the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in two years' time.
Abbie Hetherington brought back a Silver. Nat Pattinson brought back Gold and Anna also brought back a Gold medal.