Cornwall School Games - June 2014
WET WEATHER DOESN'T DAMPEN SPIRITS
2014 SAINSBURY'S CORNWALL SCHOOL GAMES
Up to 2000 young sports stars from primary and secondary schools across Cornwall defy the weather to take part in the biggest sporting event in the county - the 2014 Sainsbury's Cornwall School Games held on Friday (June 27).
Students were scheduled to take part in over 34 sports across seven venues, however due to the weather forecast, which predicted rain and thunderstorms throughout the day, some of the outdoor sports had to be postponed.
This did not dampen the spirits of the young competitors who excitedly piled into the Richard Lander School's sports hall in Truro to watch the opening ceremony for the games.
Hosted by Heart FM's DJ Victoria Leigh the games started with a bang as music played and confetti fell over the competitors.
During the build up to the games primary school students entered a competition to design a mascot.
The four winning students; Maisie McCormack and Lucy Carey from St Marys Catholic in Falmouth, Emily Haddrell from Shortlanesend and Kai Tape from Bude were invited onto the stage for the big announcement.
After weeks of speculation the 2014 Sainsbury's Cornwall School Games official mascot was finally revealed and Chuffy took to the stage.
After a mass warm up to ensure students were ready for action, everyone made their way to their designated venue to compete in their sport.
This year the games were supported by Great British Beach Volleyball Player, Lucy Boulton who encouraged competitors throughout the day.
Lucy said: "Wow!! What an experience being part of the 2014 Cornwall School Games. Such an enthusiastic bunch of young people, the damp weather definitely didn't dampen their spirits".
"Organisation was spot on so well done to all involved in the smooth running of the event. Hope all the participants had as much fun as I did! Looking forward to Cornwall School Games 2015 already."
The 2014 Cornwall School Games has been organised in partnership by Cornwall Sports Partnership, Local School Games Organisers, Cornwall Schools and Head Teachers and the different National Governing Bodies of Sport through a Local Organising Committee.
Steve Mulcahy, Chair of the Local Organising Committee and Head Teacher at Richard Lander School said: "The 2014 Cornwall School Games were a terrific success. The day started with an opening ceremony packed with live music and dance acts, well supported by Heart FM".
"Following this, a range of competitions saw students from across the county competing at Richard Lander School, Penair School and Truro School. The standard of competition was very high and the community spirit among the competitors was equally impressive. We hope that along the way, all our students were further inspired to take up sport at the highest level, and to be the best that they can be".
Mike Thomas, Director at the Cornwall Sports Partnership said: "School Games is a celebration of competitive sport for young people of all ages from schools right across Cornwall, and it was an absolute pleasure to see so many enjoying competing, winning and losing at the Cornwall 2014 School Games"
Set across four levels nationally, the School Games framework is fully inclusive and has been designed to increase the amount of competitive sport taking place across the school year. From class versus class and school versus school, through to countywide sports festivals and culminating in a national finals event, this year taking place in Manchester on 4 - 7 September 2014 - the School Games is a real celebration of sport.
Piloted in 2011 in Cornwall, which saw over 1,000 students from 32 schools compete in a number of sporting events, the School Games now takes place in all Counties across the Country.
Plans are already underway for the 2015 Cornwall School Games which is to be held on Friday 26th June in the St Austell area. For further information about how schools can become involved, go to: www.cornwallsportspartnership.co.uk
Photos from the day will be posted on the Cornwall School Games' Facebook page where you are able to add your own messages of support and congratulations.