Sporting Stars of the Future Compete in Hampshire Games
Young people showcase their talent in county-wide competition
Up-and-coming young sports stars from across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight lined up in their own sporting competitions over the weekend on Friday 21 & Saturday 22 June.
Over 2,500 young people competed in the Hampshire Games, part of the Sainsbury's School Games initiative, across a range of sports including Athletics, Football, Golf, Hockey, Basketball, Swimming, Trampolining, Tri-Golf, Boccia, New Age Kurling, Tennis, Judo, Table Tennis, Netball, Gymnastics and Badminton at the Military Facilities in Aldershot.
In attendance at the Games opening ceremony on Friday 21 were Great Britain Paralympic Athletics bronze medal winner, Olivia Breen, and Olympic diver, Pete Waterfield. Great Britain Olympic Judo bronze medal winner, Karina Bryant, opened the ceremony on Saturday 22 June.
The Sainsbury's School Games is a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport. The Games are designed to build on the magic of 2012 to enable every school and child to participate in competitive sport, including meaningful opportunities for disabled youngsters.
The Hampshire Games is backed by National Lottery funding through Sport England. It is fully inclusive and increases the opportunities for young people to take part in sport throughout the year; offering some young people their first taste of county-wide competition.
The Hampshire Games also provided a Challenge Zone for young people and spectators to try various different activities throughout both days including a climbing wall, Netball shot challenge, Squash, PING Table Tennis, Get into Golf and Be Inspired for Life personal challenge.
Great Britain Paralympian Olivia Breen said:
'It feels great being here for the community. It's so nice to see so many kids into their sport and London 2012 has really helped inspire that. There is a great atmosphere at the Hampshire Games and I hope that the kids enjoy it and have fun.
Great Britain Judo player Karina Bryant said:
'It's an honour and a privilege to open something like this. It takes me back to my own school days. I think it's important to have competitions like this, life is all about competition, it teaches the children and gives them targets and things to aim for. They need to aim to get the best out of themselves and have fun while doing it.'
Chair of the Local Organising Committee Anna Dawson, said:
'The Hampshire Games has once again shown that children within Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have incredible sporting values and relish the opportunity for competitive sport. The events over the weekend demonstrated fantastic commitment from everyone involved and we hope that the experience will inspire many of the children to continue to play sport for many years to come.'
The School Games is sponsored by Sainsbury's and supported by a range of partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Youth Sport Trust, Department of Health, Department for Education and is backed by National Lottery funding through Sport England.
Over £128m of Lottery and Government funding is being invested to support the School Games.
For further information about how schools can become involved in the School Games go to www.yourschoolgames.com
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