Herefordshire School Games
Posted: Thu, 13 Jul 2017 16:07
The sixth Herefordshire School Games, organised by Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire, paid tribute to Paralympic star Sascha Kindred last Wednesday at Hereford Leisure Centre. Weobley Primary School performed a water themed opening dance in honour of the Paralympian, whilst Enola Holt from Burghill Primary Academy told the 1700 young people about how Sascha's visit to her school had such an impact on her, helping her to develop her confidence and now trying to live Sascha's words of "Dreams truly are what you make of them."
With other schools recounting how the 63 time medallist had influenced and inspired the young people, it was left to Hursty from Free Radio, the official Radio partner, to thank Sascha on behalf of the whole county.
Sascha said 'I was pleased to attend the Herefordshire School Games to watch 1700 local children take part in a wide range of sports. The sun was out and everyone taking part had a wonderful time. I also got the opportunity to share my Gold medal from Rio with everyone and hopefully inspire the young people to chase their dreams. Congratulations to everyone who took part.'
With the formalities giving way to fun, the young people scattered in to each and every corner of the Hereford Leisure Centre.
A swarming mass of coloured t-shirts, each emblazoned with the "I Took Part!" motto on the back, they would compete across 11 different sports from sports hall athletics to lacrosse in 15 separate competitions.
Alongside the competitions running across the site, at the heart of the event was a School Games Cultural Village where young people could take part in fun, alternative activities. Organised by Ignite CIC, the village gives young people a chance to try their hand at activities from short mat bowls to archery and yoga to CrossFit. Run by local community sports groups, the activities inspired young people to try different sports as well as promoting an active lifestyle.
The matches between schools were keenly contested, demonstrating excellent sportsmanship. Some schools were awarded trophies in the School Games values of honesty, teamwork, self-belief and passion, reflecting the values that sport can help to develop in young people
Tim Knapp, Chair of the Local Organising Committee said 'The Herefordshire School Games are an incredible opportunity for young people to come together and participate in sport. It is truly inspiring to see over 1700 young people from across our county working together and competing in a spirit of tolerance and respect. I would like to pay tribute to everyone involved in organising the games and supporting their continued success. Herefordshire should be truly proud that we have one of the largest and most inclusive school games in the country.'
All areas of the county were represented at the medal ceremony with cups going to Walford in the south, Burley Gate in the east, Wigmore in the north and Kingsland in the West. Gorsley and Wigmore were the big winners with 2 victories each.
If London 2012 sought to ensure a lasting sporting legacy, Herefordshire's own version for young people has done the same with thanks to National Lottery and Sport England funding.