Paralympic athlete to inspire 750 young people at school sport competition

By NickiBlake on June 9th, 2014 - comments

Sam RuddockParalympic athlete Sam Ruddock is set to inspire over 750 school children across Lincolnshire in July, as he attends the annual Sainsbury’s School Games Summer Festival in Lincoln.

The Sainsbury’s School Games is a national school sport competition which celebrates the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy and brings together hundreds of school children to compete in sport in Lincolnshire. This year, the Festival will also celebrate the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and provide school children the opportunity to take part in some of the sports which are taking place at the international event.

Sam Ruddock will be attending the Sainsbury’s School Games Summer Festival, which is taking place on Wednesday, July 9, to join in the county wide celebration of sport and to talk about his Paralympic debut.

As well as helping to inspire and motivate the young athletes who are competing during the day, he will officially open the festival and present trophies to all the winning teams during the closing ceremony.

Sam made his debut at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the T35 Cerebral Palsy 100m and 200m events. The 22-year-old is a former American Footballer and was spotted by an athletics coach whilst training with his American Football team who suggested he tried athletics. From here Sam went on to compete in his first major race at the Charnwood Open in Loughborough in April 2012.

Sam said: “As someone who has represented Great Britain at the London 2012 Paralympics in my sport of athletics, I feel it is really important for me to give something back to sport because it has given me so much. That is why I love being a Sport England Sporting Champion and working with young people. I am looking forward to doing just that at the upcoming Lincolnshire School Games. I am excited to meet all the young participants and volunteers in attendance and my aim is to raise their aspirations of what they can achieve. I know that it will be a fantastic event and I cannot wait for the action to get underway in Lincolnshire.”

The 750 young athletes from across Lincolnshire will compete in 12 different sporting competitions for the annual festival and with support from Active Lincolnshire and the School Sports Partnership, this nationwide celebration of sport will see 90 primary, secondary and special school teams take part.

The Summer Games, which are being held at Yarborough Leisure Centre and Lincoln Castle Academy, are made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, at county/area level and a national finals event. There will be a variety of sports taking place throughout the day including Athletics, Boccia, Goalball, Golf, Hockey, Rounders, Tennis and Volleyball. Four out of the eight events are inclusive and will cater for disability athletes.

For more information on the Sainsbury’s School Games visit www.lincolnshiresport.com/sport/childrenandyoungpeople/lincolnshire-school-games