School sport competition sees increase in athletes competing with a disability

By NickiBlake on July 2nd, 2014 - comments

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The Sainsbury’s School Games Summer Festival in Lincolnshire will welcome almost double the amount of young people competing with a disability compared to 2013, making this year’s competition the most inclusive yet.

With only one week to go, schoolchildren from across the county will be taking part in the Sainsbury’s School Games as part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Legacy, which will see 750 young athletes from across Lincolnshire compete in 12 different sporting competitions at the Lincoln Castle Academy and Yarborough Leisure Centre.

This year, 102 disability athletes will compete in the school sport competition, an 82% rise from 2013.

With support from the Active Lincolnshire and School Sports Partnerships, this nationwide celebration of sport will see 90 primary, secondary and special school teams involved.

Spectators are invited to be a part of the Legacy and come along to see top athletes from across the county compete, as well as meet sporting champion Sam Ruddock, who competed at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympian and Britain’s most decorate winter Paralympian Jade Etherington and one of Active Lincolnshire’s very own elite athletes, Lee Cupit.

Jo Purkiss, Sport Project Officer at Active Lincolnshire, said: The School Games is a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in competitive school sport. This year we will welcome almost double the amount of athletes with a disability which will make the Games the most inclusive competition yet; we are very excited about it. The Games will also be a great opportunity for pupils to feel part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games legacy. It will be a fantastic day of sport for everyone involved.”

The Games 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 (Inclusive), Boccia (Inclusive), Goalball (Inclusive), Golf (Inclusive), Hockey, Rounders, Tennis and Volleyball.

An Opening Ceremony will take place at Lincoln Castle Academy at 10.00am, followed by sporting competitions across the site. A Closing Ceremony will wrap up the day’s events at 2.45pm with winning teams being recognised and presented with trophies by Sam Ruddock.

For further information about the School Games and to register your school, please go to www.lincolnshiresport.com/schoolsport or contact Sport Project Officer, Jo Purkiss at jo.purkiss@lincolnshiresport.com