Greater Manchester young sporting stars compete at the Greater Manchester School Games

2,000
school pupils from across Greater Manchester gathered at The Regional
Athletics Arena this morning for the opening ceremony of the 2019
Greater Manchester’s Winter School Games. MC Paul Sleem delivered
the Opening Ceremony with special guests including professional BMX
rider Matti Hemmings, Olympian Kelly Massey and ‘Greater
Manchester’s Got Talent’ competition winners, Greswell Primary
School dance group.

The
event was comprised of 22 competitions in 12 different sports across
nine Greater Manchester venues. The sports which took place were
sportshall athletics, basketball, boccia, dance, gymnastics,
handball, hockey, lacrosse, rugby union, rugby league, swimming and
table tennis.

The
games welcomed athletes and former athletes to the event to inspire
the athletes. Former gymnastic world champion Beth Tweddle MBE
attended the gymnastics competition, Hockey Under 21 athlete
Liam Kennerley presented the medals at the Hockey competition whilst
the
competitors and volunteers at the boccia competition had the
opportunity to take part in a Taekwondo taster with four Great
Britain Taekwondo athletes; Emelye O’Brien, Maddison Moore, Rebecca
McGowan and Sam Cana.

This
year saw the introduction of competitions to give children of
differing abilities and confidence levels the opportunity to take
part in the event and represent their school. The dance competition
was the first of this type, whereby students scored their peers based
on the demonstration of the School Games values. St
Hugh of Lincoln Primary School from Trafford came away victorious
after receiving the most points awarded on passion,
honesty, respect, teamwork, determination and self-belief.

Over
120 young leaders came together to form the School Games crew this
year, made up of students from schools across Greater Manchester, to
support the delivery of the event. Responsibilities of the volunteers
on the day included refereeing, officiating and team management.

The
School Games Organisers across Greater Manchester have organised and
delivered local competitions with 80,123 children having taken part
in this academic year so far. Their winners then attended the Greater
Manchester School Games to compete to become the Greater Manchester
champions in their sport.

Sara
Tomkins, CEO at GreaterSport, organisers of the Greater Manchester
School Games said:

“Today’s
event has showcased the strong values that our young people hold.
They demonstrated not only their sporting capabilities but the school
games values of passion, honesty, respect, teamwork, determination
and self-belief which all shone through in their performances.
Congratulations to every young person that took part in today’s
event, you have done yourselves and your schools proud!”

The
Greater Manchester Summer School Games will take place on Friday 26th
June where more young people from across Greater Manchester will come
together to take part in 21 competitions in 15 different sports.

The
winners from the day were;

  • Sportshall
    Athletics Year 5/6; R L Hughes Primary School (Wigan)
  • Mini
    Basketball Year 5/6; Moor Allerton Prep School (Manchester)
  • Boccia
    Year 5/6; Rochdale School Games Team (Rochdale)
  • Boccia
    Year 7/8/9; Manchester Communications Academy (Manchester)
  • Dance;
    St Hugh of Lincoln Primary School (Trafford)
  • Gymnastics
    Year 1/2 Key Steps; Abbotsford Prep School (Trafford)
  • Gymnastics
    Year 3/4 Key Steps; James Brindley Community Primary School
    (Salford)
  • Gymnastics
    Year 5/6 Key Steps; Mills Hill Primary School (Oldham)
  • Handball
    Year 7/8 Boys; Middleton Technology School (Rochdale)
  • Handball
    Year 7/8 Girls; Parrs Wood High School (Manchester)
  • Hockey
    Year 5/6 Quicksticks; Bollin Primary School (Trafford)
  • Lacrosse
    Year 5/6 Championship; Withington Girls’ School (Manchester)
  • Lacrosse
    Year 5/6 Plate; St Gabriels RC Primary School (Rochdale)
  • Rugby
    League Year 5/6; Gilded Hollins Community School (Wigan)
  • Rugby
    Union U16 inclusive; Oakwood Academy (Salford)
  • Swimming
    Year 4/5 Boys; St Wilfrid’s Primary Academy (Wigan)
  • Swimming
    Year 4/5 Girls; Bowdon Prep School (Trafford)
  • Table
    Tennis U13s; Altrincham Grammar School for Boys (Trafford)
  • Table
    tennis Under 15s; Manchester Grammar School (Manchester)

A
full list of results can be found at
www.greatersport.co.uk/schoolgames