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With the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games just around the corner, Tuesday (July 10th) saw the inaugural Leicester-Shire & Rutland School Games Championships take place at Leicester Grammar School, inspiring 150 teams made up of 1,000 of our most talented young athletes and disabled athletes to take part in the largest school sport event the region has ever seen.
The athletes from across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland represented their School Sport and Physical Activity Networks in 22 competitions, across 13 sports, all of which qualified from Level 2 area finals, to participate in this Level 3 County Final Championships.
Hinckley & Bosworth were crowned the overall ‘2012 School Games Champions’ after topping the medals table with 9 Gold medals! East Leicester were named overall ‘2012 School Games Values Winners’ after receiving 8 Values Awards overall with their displays of Determination, Honesty, Passion, Respect, Self-Belief and Teamwork.
Before the competition, an Opening Ceremony, compered by Gaynor Nash, Regional Co-ordinator for the Children & Young People’s Legacy from London 2012, featured sports stars and other talented performers in dance, music and public speaking.
The Leicestershire Music Service’s ‘Inspire Choir’ performed 3 songs with a 200 strong group, followed by Hind Leys School performing an Olympic themed dance routine. Talented singer James Summers from The Lancaster School wrote a song especially for the Championships entitled ‘Cross that Line’, which the crowed loved. Charlotte Weemes from Lutterworth College and Zara Gaszrowicz and Alicia Mead from Leicester Grammar School welcomed the crowds to the School Games and spoke about the Values of the Games.
The Opening Ceremony also saw the launch of ‘Dazzle’ the School Games Mascot and the School Games Torch, which included a segment designed by each of the Partnerships. VIPs supporting the Championships were treated to a ‘Big Dance’ performance by local groups, co-ordinated by Dance4.
Jason Gardener MBE Olympic 4×100m Gold Medalist and Leicester-Shire & Rutland School Games Ambassadors Josie Inverdale (GB U21 Hockey Player) and Lucy Garner (World Junior Road Race Cycling Champion) supported the ceremony and the awards throughout the day.
Over 80 Young Leaders supporting the Championships through various roles such as supporting the competitions and Partnerships teams. These were young leaders from local schools who assisted over 150 other volunteers and support staff.
The Games culminated in a ‘Closing Ceremony’ for the Disability Sport competitions and then mainstream competitions, which featured the acknowledgment of the third and second place teams with medals and full presentations to the Winners and Values Winners of each competition.