Hinckley and Bosworth School Games Athletes Showcase Spirit at Summer Finale

On Thursday 30th June 2016, over 1,000 of the county's top primary school-based athletes and disabled athletes aged 8-11 years competed in the School Games Summer Championships hosted by Leicestershire and Rutland Sport at Welbeck Defence and Sixth Form College with the honour of becoming county and overall partnership champions at stake.

123 Teams from 72 schools won the right to attend by winning the local level 2 events and have the opportunity to represent their School Sport & Physical Activity Network (SSPAN). Participants took part in 13 competitions across 9 sports (Quadkids Athletics, Kwik Cricket, Girls Football, Quicksticks Hockey, Netball, Sportsability, Swimming, Tennis, Tri-Golf and a Change 4 Life Festival).

The Opening Ceremony was hosted by Gaynor Nash who introduced a performance from Sambando a Brazilian style samba band from Leicester and interviewed School Games Ambassador Sam Ruddock (GB Paralympic Shot Putter) who talked about his hopes ahead of the Rio Paralympics later this year.

With the honour of becoming county and overall Partnership champions, the athletes went on to compete in 4 hours of competitive action vying to finish in the best position possible to help the partnership in the medal table and to be crowned the overall 2015/16 School Games Champions.

The closing ceremony saw Gaynor joined by Grace Garner (professional cyclist with UK Team Podium) and Peter Middleton (Principal of Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College) to present the winners of the individual competitions and announce the School Games Champions for 2015/16.

Going into the games Hinckley and Bosworth were top of the table by only a few points, so all the results mattered and could affect the final standings. On the day Hinckley and Bosworth won a total of 8 medals; 2 Bronze medals in the Y3/4 Quadkids athletics and Y5/6 Tri-Golf; 1 Silver in the Y5/6 Quicksticks Hockey and 4 Golds in the High 5 Netball, Sportsability, Y5/6 Swimming and Y3/4 Tri-Golf. 1 team was 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 Y3/4 Quicksticks Hockey Team.

A fantastic performance from our partnership and the results meant that Hinckley and Bosworth were also crowned overall 2015/2016 School Games Champions. The title caps of a brilliant performance and effort from our local schools over the past year at all stages of competition, congratulations to everyone for their work and effort that led to this result.

For the full results from the day, see below, you can also find more information at: http://www.lrsport.org/schoolgameschampionships

To see more from the Hinckley and Bosworth team 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/