March 29, 2016
Last week saw the launch of the Cumbria School Games with the first of three events in the county during 2016. 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 1,800 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.
Small School Competitions
Lindal & Marton School, representing Furness became small school winners for all three of the Key Step competitions. This is a first for Cumbria with just one school winning all three competitions!
Large School Competitions
In the large school competition Yarlside representing Furness won the Key Steps One competition and Key Steps Two competition. Stanwix Academy, representing Carlisle won the Key Steps Three competition.
Howard Todd of Cumbria Schools Gymnastics Association said;
“The Cumbria 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’s School in Penrith and Trinity School in Carlisle, you are a credit to your schools and the sport”.
Helen Wright, School Games Organiser for Furness said;
“Both Lindal & Marton and Yarlsides key steps teams have done Furness proud. It is an excellent achievement for both schools to do so well across all key steps. The staff and pupils have worked so hard and should be proud of themselves. Well done to both schools.”
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 12th July 2016 in Carlisle.