Monday, 17 June 2013

Faster, Higher, Stronger For School Mini Olympics

Potential future Olympians and Paralympians will be throwing, running and jumping at their own Mini Olympics tomorrow (18 June).

Over 1,300 children aged seven and eight from 43 South Cambridgeshire primary schools will be taking part in the South Cambs School Sports Partnership event from 10am to 2.30pm at the University Sports Ground, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge.

The event, supported by Total Promotions Ltd and South Cambridgeshire District Council as part of Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week is now in its ninth year. Children are encouraged to try out a range of different sports and activities on the day whilst trying to achieve their personal best.

Over 100 sports leaders from local secondary schools will be coaching a wide range of Olympic and Paralympic-themed activities including shot putt, javelin, tug of war, hurdles, hockey, tennis, boccia, and long jump.

Opening and closing ceremonies led by the Partnerships’ Young Ambassadors will include dance performances and a parade around the track by all of the children.

Special guest on the day is Lloyds TSB Local Hero Sean Vendy, a top national badminton player - current under 17 national mixed doubles champion and singles runner up - who is aiming to make it to Rio as part of Team GB for the 2016 Olympics.

Cllr Pippa Corney, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s lead Cabinet member for sport, said: “The motto for the London 2012 Games was “Inspire a Generation” and events like this continue that Olympic spirit, giving children a chance to try new sports and have fun while they do it. We’re very pleased to be a Mini Olympics sponsor and hope that everyone who takes part has a great day.”