Students’ Olympic efforts showcase school at its best

The 16 students selected to become Young Games Makers at the sitting volleyball event
The 16 students selected to become Young Games Makers at the sitting volleyball event

THE SPIRIT of the Paralymic Games has been captured by students at a Bognor Regis school.

The Regis school has continued the legacy of the London 2012 Games by giving pupils the chance to experience a whole host of sports during a Paralympic Sports Day.

Last month’s event saw pupils compete in a number of sports, including sitting volleyball, blind football, Boccia, new-age curling and goalball.

The event, which has now been embedded in the schools’ annual sports day calendar, allowed sports leaders to train and introduce their sport to the younger students.

Sean O’Connor, school games organiser, said: “The mouth-watering summer of sport gripped the nation and now the London 2012 legacy begins. The Regis School will continue to embed the Olympic and Paralympic values as we ‘inspire a generation’.”

A group of 16 students achieved the honour of becoming court assistance for the sitting volleyball Paralympic event.

The group were selected after the School wrote to Lord Sebastian Coe explaining why they would make suitable ambassadors in the Games Maker programme.

The dedicated group were allocated shifts lasting more than ten hours a day, and were rewarded for their efforts by being chosen as court officials for the women’s gold medal match, including being involved in the prestigious medal ceremony,

“Being a Young Games Maker was an unforgettable experience, I couldn’t thank The Regis School enough for the amazing opportunity. It has inspired me, and I now recognise the power of sport and want to give back to the young people,” said pupil Beth Wimble.

Mr O’Connor added: “It is a once in a lifetime opportunity. To have students involved, and for them to be selected to be part of the gold medal award ceremony, shows how amazing they were at 
their roles.”