For the second consecutive Wednesday local school children were involved in a huge sporting event. Last Wednesday saw Year 3’s WSSA Legacy Games, however this week it was the turn of Year’s 4-7 to partake in the WSSA Legacy Games at Worthing Leisure Centre.
Again over 1000 participants were in action across track and field, tri golf, team challenges and boccia, but before the festivities began town crier Bob Smytherman introduced a contemporary dance from Thomas a Becket Middle School as well as a Samba Band and dance from West Park Middle School, which combined in the opening ceremony.
Newly elected mayor Vic Walker officially opened the games after all participants recited the Legacy Games oath, devised by the children.
The traditional track and field events were added to with tri golf and boccia, which allow more children to participate in a competitive manner. It was also great to see England Boccia international and current Worthing College student Tim Hayes in attendance, giving some expert advice to the Boccia competitors. Chesswood Middle School were victorious in the Year 4 & Year 7 Boccia and Tri Golf was won by West Park Middle School for Year 6 children.
The action on the track and field was again fiercely competitive with all children doing their respective schools exceptionally proud. In addition to the traditional throw and jumps, team challenges were taking place in the field with Chesswood winning the event for Year 4. This lead to a tight finish for overall year group awards as well as the main overall competition award. All day it was nip and tuck between Thomas a Becket Middle, West Park & Windlesham House School. The Year 4 award went to Thomas a Becket Middle, however a clean sweep for Windlesham for Years 5, 6 & 7 meant that they came away with the overall competition win for the second year in a row.
Ali Groves (WSSA Chair) was extremely delighted with the afternoon’s events; “we have seen over 2,000 Year 3-7 children competing over the last two Wednesday’s, which is a magnificent achievement and I would like to thank all of those involved in making this possible. This shows that the Olympic Legacy is still strong and its great to see so many young people getting a positive experience from sport and physical activity.”
The event was again fully supported by Academy of Sport students and apprentices from Worthing College. Dave Hall, WSSA Committee Member and coach education co-ordinator was praising for all involved “again this event has required a huge amount of organisation and work to make sure all of the children have an effective environment to perform in. Our students were again excellent in terms of being positive role models for the children participants and these experiences you really can’t buy in terms of skills developed and employability experiences that can set them up for their future education or careers in whatever area they so choose.”
Worthing College Academy of Sport Development Manager & WSSA Committee Member Tina Price was again positive, especially for organiser Ali Groves “Ali has again been exceptional and without her passion and drive over the last few years these events just wouldn’t happen. As a college we are more than happy to continue to support this excellent WSSA programme, so that all children can gain the benefit from positive PE and physical activity that they can take into their future lives.”
The event was fully supported by Jacobs Steel and co-owner Derek Steel thought the event was “another resounding success” and looks forward to supporting the 2015 WSSA Legacy Games.
Thanks for all that made these Legacy Games a real success!!