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Wednesday, July 3, 2013
The flagship day of the Norfolk School Games saw more than 1,000 youngsters take to pitches, pools and sports halls today to showcase their talents.
Under the watchful eye of GB Team Paralympic swimmer Jessica Jane Applegate, and England Netball player Lindsay Keable, children from across the county competed in the Olympic style event at the UEA Sportspark.
Sports included netball, gymnastics, swimming, an aquathlon, trampolining, indoor rowing, hockey and handball with the special schools event including athletics, indoor rowing, cycling, boccia, archery and badminton.
“Coming to events like this is one of the highlights of my year,” said Lindsay Keable, England Squad netball player who offered support and advice to players.
“The legacy of the Olympics needs to keep going so I’m happy there is an element of competition coming back into sport where children are rewarded for hard work.”
Youngsters taking part in the Special School Games for children with special needs, were still buzzing from the excitement of the morning’s opening ceremony where the children were encouraged to take part in dancing.
Oliver Karaosman, 12, from John Grant School, in Caister-on-Sea, said working together as a team had made the day especially memorable.
Stephen Hulme, school games organiser said: “To finally get to the flagship day is great - it has been four months in the making and everyone has worked hard to make it happen.”
Media students from Lynn Grove High School in Gorleston, captured the excitement of the day with snapshots of events and interviews with competitors. Their film was broadcast at the end of the day, highlighting the best moments.
The Sainbury’s-sponsored School Games are organised locally by Active Norfolk, Norfolk School Sport Partnerships and sponsors UEA Sportspark.
Follow the games on Twitter @NorfolkSchGames or our websites for the live blog.