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Sports Hall Athletics county final events kicks off the Cumbria School Games programme for 2015

February 27, 2015

Over 300 young people descended on Penrith Leisure Centre on Wednesday to compete in the Cumbria School Games Sports Hall Primary & Secondary Athletics finals. Schools from all over Cumbria came to represent their district after having qualified through Intra and Inter school competitions organised by their local School Games Organisers.

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School representing Team Furness took top spot in the Primary Athletics after showing some great athleticism. Coming in 2nd place was, Lindal and Marton Primary School who were also Team Furness.

Helen Wright, School Games Organiser for Furness said; "All the hard work that both the schools have put into Sportshall athletics has really paid off as they were crowned champions of the Cumbria School Games Level 3 competition. I am so proud of them - to do so well and to take both 1st and 2nd in a county final. They were very deserved winners. The team all worked extremely hard. Well done to not only Furness but to all teams who qualified for the event. "

In the Secondary Athletics, it was Team South Lakes who were champions after some fantastic sporting performances.

Michelle Storton, School Organiser for South Lakes said; “Congratulations to the winning secondary sportshall athletics team; Queen Katherine School. Sport is incredibly important in building the foundations for all aspects of life. As today as demonstrated, hard work, (training), team work, communication, resilience and commitment pays off and the end result of this is often what is most wanted, achieving the highest possible standard.”

Penrith Leisure Centre was a buzz of sporting activity. All teams wore their district colours with pride. The two rules for the day were set out from the off, everyone should have fun and cheer on all of the teams. Everyone excelled at both and the day was a huge success watched on by over 20 VIP guests including GB long jumper Chris Tomlinson, event sponsors The Cumberland Building Society and The Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Belinda Artingstoll, BBC Radio Cumbria, Special Features Producer said; "The atmosphere at the event was fantastic. All the children, teachers, organisers and young officials were so enthusiastic and happy! I was very impressed with the way the whole thing was run and we’re looking forward to being there for the final event in June in Carlisle.”

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.

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Adam Burgess of Sportshall Athletics said;

“It’s fantastic to see so many people here supporting the Cumbria School Games Sportshall Primary final. Today's event is one of 45 primary finals across the UK and thanks to all the local organisers for all their hard work in selecting their teams today.” The event was supported by 16 young leaders from Lakes College who took on a range of tasks from time keeping, managing equipment to recording scores.

Mark Banks, Sports Tutor at Lakes College said: “This was a really well organised event which gives young people every chance to have fun thorough sport and show off their skills. The event was a fantastic opportunity for our students to apply the theory learned in the classroom to a real life event where they must interact with young people manage an event and coach improvement.”