Hinckley and Bosworth Spring into Action at the Leicester-shire and Rutland School Games Championship
On Wednesday 23rd March 2016, over 970 of the county's top school-based athletes and disabled athletes competed at the largest competitive school sport event across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland. The athletes, aged 12-18 years from 55 Schools, descended on Loughborough University's world class sporting facilities in a day full of fierce competition at the Leicester-Shire & Rutland School Games Spring Championships.
127 Teams from 55 schools were representing the 10 School Sport & Physical Activity Networks (SSPANs) from across the county. Athletes took part 15 competitions across 8 sports (Wheelchair Basketball, Learning Disability Basketball, Boccia, Dodgeball, Indoor Rowing, Sportshall Athletics, Swimming and Volleyball). All the teams qualified from Level 2 finals run within each partnerships network, to compete in this Level 3 County Final Championships.
BBC Radio Leicester favourite Ian Stringer hosted the event run by Leicester-shire and Rutland Sport, presenting a performance from Francis T Roughley, (a professional dancer and choreographer from Leicester) and interviewing a number of inspirational School Games Ambassadors and successful athletes from across Leicestershire and Rutland who also attended the event; Judith Hamer (GB wheelchair basketball player heading out to Rio later this year for the Olympics), Matt Hampson (Ex-Leicester Tigers and England U21 Rugby player), Grace Garner (Professional cyclist with UK Team Podium Ambition) and Emily Scarratt (England Women's Rugby 7s captain).
The closing ceremony saw the winners announced with awards presented by the school games ambassadors. Hinckley and Bosworth won a total of 9 medals, 1 Bronze, 5 Silver and 3 Gold Medals winning the Learning Disability Basketball, KS3 swimming and the Boys Volleyball. 2 teams were also rewarded for best representing the School Games values of determination, honesty, passion, respect, self-belief and teamwork with the 'Spirit of the Games Award' given to the KS3 swimming team and Wheelchair Basketball squad.
The results leave Hinckley and Bosworth top of the championship table by 1 point heading into the 9 remaining Super-series finals and the closing event of the year the Summer Championship on the 30th June at Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College.
For the full results, see below, you can also find more information at: www.lrsport.org/schoolgames
To see more from the Hinckley and Bosworth team at the 2016 Spring Championship and keep up to date with the school sport programmes running right now, visit the School Sport and Physical Activity Network web page http://www.h-bsspan.org.uk/