March 29, 2016
Seaton Junior School for Team Allerdale were crowned Cumbria School Games Sportshall winners after a tough competition right to the very end of the event against some excellent athletes from across the county.
The atmosphere was electric at Penrith Leisure Centre with excitement from start to finish and some outstanding performances from youngsters in their individual events and team relays.
The scores were very tight, which showed the effort and practise by the schools in the lead-up to the event.
Over 100 young people arrived at Penrith to represent their districts and ready to compete for their schools in the Sportshall Athletics competition. The school teams were chosen to represent their districts after having qualified through intra and inter school competitions organised by the district School Games Organisers.
Great Britain steeplechaser Eilish McColgan, daughter of Liz attended the event in her capacity as one of Sport England’s Sporting Champions.
McColgan, who made senior Great Britain debut at the 2011 European Team Championship, before taking part in the 3000m steeplechase at the London Olympics, helped spur the participants on;
“I really enjoyed being a part of the Cumbria School Games event yesterday. It was such a brilliant opportunity for the kids to try so many different events within the sport I love - athletics. Not only were there so many talented young athletes but it was brilliant to see everyone encouraging their fellow pupils. I started athletics at the same age as these young athletes so hopefully they'll be inspired to do their best in whatever sport they may choose!”
Adam Burgess of Sportshall Associates said:
“It is always a pleasure to deliver events in Cumbria and as usual the children were a credit to themselves and their schools. Hopefully they will have been inspired to continue their involvement in Sport with Eilish McColgan providing a lasting memory for all the promising young athletes.”
The points from the spring events will be accumulated and added to the results from the upcoming Summer event to determine which district will be crowned the overall Cumbria School Games winners.
The summer events take place on Tuesday 12th July in Carlisle with nine different sports competitions taking over various sports sites in the city.
The Cumbria School Games is much more than a sports competition programme. There are other opportunities for young people to get involved with the event by becoming a Young Volunteer, Official or by entering our Cumbria School Games Poetry Competition which is open for entries till the 4th June.
Full results from the Cumbria School Games Spring Festival can be viewed at https://www.activecumbria.org/developing-sport/events/cumbria-school-games/results/results-2016/
For further information visit www.cumbriaschoolgames.org or make sure your school is signed up to www.yourschoolgames.com join in the conversation online at #cumbriaschoolgames