Medals rained down in Bude, Launceston & Liskeard at the 2017 Cornwall School Games
"The positive energy and enthusiasm from all involved in this very inclusive day
was just breath-taking" Ruth Grimmer, University of Exeter.
Friday 30th June and 7th July saw over 2000 young Cornish sports stars head to Bude, Launceston, Liskeard and Carn Brea to compete in the 2017 Cornwall School Games, sponsored by the University of Exeter.
Held across 8 venues Budehaven Community School, Launceston College, Liskeard School & Community College, Splash Leisure Centre, Launceston Bowls Club, the Unit Skate & Scoot Park Launceston, the Dragon Leisure Centre Bodmin and Carn Brea Leisure Centre where students took part in over 15 sports including Badminton, Dance, Bowls, Gymnastics, Swimming, Golf, Skate & Scoot, Tennis, Girls Rugby, Triathlon, and Rounder's plus more.
There were also 5 Projectability Competitions Cricket, Football, Archery, Boccia and Wheelchair Basketball held at Launceston College making this unique event inclusive to everyone!
Cornwall School Lead Organiser Rachel Knott from the Cornwall Sports Partnership said "These games are a true celebration of PE and School Sport in Cornwall that brings together children from all walks of life to celebrate all the hard work of PE departments across the county and School Games Organisers to a multisport venue to inspire young people to be the very best they can be. It has been incredibly special to bring the games this year to the East of the county for the first time!"
It wasn't just winning that competitors had on their minds. Whether you came 1st or 8th it all mattered as points were allocated and counted towards the 'Championship Race' that charts the achievement of schools across each of the sport competitions throughout the year.
Top of the Helen Glover Primary Championship Race is Mount Hawke Academy and top of the Jack Nowell Secondary Championship Race is Truro School. Currently Mount Hawke Academy, Truro School, Pencalenick and Peninsula Sport Partnership top the medals tables with one more primary event to go!
For the latest standings please click here
Competitors were supported by our Cornish Sporting Champions Olympic Open Water Swimmer Cassie Patten, 3 times Paralympic Table Tennis player David Wetherill, and World Champion Windsurfer Izzy Hamilton and who attended one of our host schools Budehaven Community School and said "I loved coming back to Budehaven for the Cornwall School Games. It was incredible to see so many children so excited to compete in spite of the wind and the rain. The legacy created by the Games is having such a positive impact and it is fantastic that Cornwall is leading the way with this!"
Cassie Patten added "I had an excellent day at the Cornwall schools games; it was fantastic to see so many young people participating in this incredible event. I was lucky enough to visit both sites Launceston College and Budehaven School, it was an amazing atmosphere and I am sure every young person there had a great day". A big thank you goes to Heart FM Drivetime DJ's James Dundon and Jack Miles who presented our opening ceremonies and created a great atmosphere to kick the games off.
The 2017 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.
Mr B Maywood, Principal at Launceston College said "It is an honour for Launceston, Liskeard and Budehaven to host the 2017 CSG, and for us to provide a platform for young people to perform both at a level of excellence and at a level of one's personal best. The organisation of such an event, which allows for mass participation in healthy competition, is a credit to Cornwall".
None of this however would be possible without the 200 young volunteers who are trained throughout the year to become School Games Makers. On behalf of all the Cornwall School Games Organisers we would like to say a huge thank you to all the Volunteers for their help and support.
Mr A Lingard, Head Teacher at Liskeard School & Community College said "As huge supporters of the Cornwall School Games, we were delighted to step in and host the final day of competition. It was another wonderful occasion with pupils across the county competing at a high level and thoroughly enjoying their sport."
Earlier this year we announced a new partnership with the University of Exeter to inspire more young people to be engaged in Physical Activity through the School Games.
The University of Exeter, which has two campuses In Cornwall - Penryn and Truro, will sponsor the Cornwall School Games for the next three years to enable more young people to be inspired by PE and school sport.
Ruth Grimmer, Head of Professional Services at the University of Exeter said "The University of Exeter sponsors the Cornwall School Games because we are committed to supporting all the young people of Cornwall achieve their full potential in life and research shows that engagement in physical activity is a key component of that.
It was a pleasure to attend the school games events held at Budehaven School. The poor weather failed to dampen spirits, indeed the positive energy and enthusiasm from all involved in this very inclusive day was breath-taking. I was fortunate enough to also get to hear the winner of the poetry competition read out her own poem about the power of sport - truly inspirational. Well done to everyone involved - not just on this day but in all the events leading up to it."
You can see photos from the day on the Cornwall School Games Facebook Page here www.facebook.com/CornwallSchoolGames/