Schools representing the West Sussex area did their region proud as they came fourth out of nine in Sussex at the Sainsbury’s School Games – a mini-Olympics and Paralympics held at K2, Crawley.
The event saw more than 800 pupils aged seven to 14 from 76 schools across Sussex compete for sporting glory, joined by 200-plus volunteers who ensured the day went smoothly.
Pupils from Chidham Parochial, Edward Bryant, The Regis, Bishop Luffa CofE, St Mary’s Catholic, Bishop Tufnell, Felpham Community College and The Academy Selsey attended the Games – one of more than 60 regional summer school games events taking place across the country.
Pupils battled it out across a range of sports, including athletics, golf, cricket, netball and gymnastics. West Sussex West achieved first place in Year 7-9 football and mixed table tennis and second place in mixed Year 5-6 key steps gymnastics.
They were joined by professional athlete Lesley Owusu – 400m champion at the 2014 World Masters and silver medallist in the 4x400m relay at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
Owusu, who also works as a sporting champion motivational speaker, delivered inspiring words during the opening ceremony: “Today is all about passion and loving sports. As an athlete of over 25 years, I know what it means to set goals, push yourself and push barriers. I wish everyone here success, competition, fair play and most importantly, to celebrate sport.”
Consisting of four levels of activity – competition in schools, between schools, at county level and at the finals, the School Games are backed by National Lottery funding from Sport England and the Youth Sport Trust and sponsored by Active Sussex Gold Tier partners Freedom Leisure and University of Chichester.
The Sussex Games are delivered by a committee of Active Sussex, the Sussex School PE and Sport Network, national governing bodies, local authorities, leisure providers and headteachers.