Schools representing the Crawley area honoured their region as they came eighth out of nine areas in Sussex at the annual School Games a ‘Mini-Olympics and Paralympics’ held at K2, Crawley.
A total of 815 schoolchildren aged 7-14 from 94 schools across Sussex competed for sporting glory, joined by more than 150 young leaders from schools and colleges in Sussex who ensured the smooth running of the day.
The games – one of more than 60 regional Summer School Games events that are taking place across the country this summer – brought together pupils from a range of Sussex schools.
They were joined by professional athletes Chantelle Cameron, World Class GB boxer and Montell Douglass, World Class GB sprinter.
Montell, who works as a Sporting Champion, delivered some inspiring words during the opening ceremony: “I’m really humbled as an athlete to be here today.
“I remember when I first started out in sport, the excitement and the buzz that I relished in. I realise now that’s where it all started for me, and your journey is no different to mine, it’s just in a different place. The opportunity I’ve been given to see you start your journey is a blessing in itself. Remember, if you don’t win today, you can win tomorrow.”
The School Games is backed by National Lottery funding from Sport England & the Youth Sport Trust and sponsored by Active Sussex Corporate partners: Freedom Leisure and University of Chichester.
The Sussex Games are delivered by a Local Organising Committee (LoC), consisting of Active Sussex, the Sussex School PE & Sport Network, National Governing Bodies, local authorities, leisure providers and headteachers.
Top three final standings:
1. Mid Sussex, 2. Southern, 3. South Downs
(See additional coverage and picture on page 61)