PHOTO GALLERY: Hundreds of young people get into the sporting spirit at the Royal Norfolk Show’s first ‘Games’

More than 350 people helped to celebrate this year's exciting summer of sport with its own 2012 games at the Royal Norfolk Show.

The group brought a spectacular performance to the Grand Ring at around 3pm today (Wednesday) where crowds welcomed flag bearers, dancers, local sporting heroes, Norfolk's official Olympic torch bearers and Rising Stars into the ring.

Around 180 children from schools in Hethersett paraded into arena carrying flags of the Olympic nations and pupils from Breckland schools danced before the young farmers and their friends took part in the Fittest Farmer competition, which involved fitness tests, challenges and shows of strength.

Royal Norfolk Show 2012 Games organiser Ellie Diver described the event as 'colourful, exciting and full of action' and said everyone who was involved had looked forward to the event.

Rebbecca Goodard, physical education teacher from Hockwold and Methwold Community School, helped to put the dance routine together with friend Emily Harper.


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She said: 'We started practising four months ago and it's gone really well. It was the first time the children had come together to perform the dance routine. We hope to see this event at the Royal Norfolk Show again next year.'

The competitors and schoolchildren were also joined by Active Norfolk, local sporting people - including boxer Jon Thaxton, athlete and runner Paul Evans and ultra marathon athlete Jackson Williams - and about 30 of the people who were chosen as torch bearers for the Olympic torch's passage through the county early next month.

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Hethersett Village Olympic committee also joined in the celebrations because of their hard work to become a village officially recognised for its 'outstanding efforts' in support of the London 2012 games.

Show manager Sarah de Chair said: 'We wanted to embrace the sporting fever of this summer and hosting our own Royal Norfolk Show Games [gave] visitors young and old the chance to enjoy spectacular sporting entertainment.'

She added that she was 'delighted' so many schools, organisations and sporting people had been involved.

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