2012 School Games Update
Posted at 11:04:42 by Jacky Leonard
Categories: Sport and Leisure
Inspirational, aspirational and exhausting! A thoroughly enjoyable event…click the link below to watch some of the highlights http://www.2012schoolgames.com/tools/multimedia.php?location=mainsite&projguid=1A0567C75D434F24A404F8F4A14A91FF&medid=11867&css=/main.css&lang=ENG
here are some of mine…
- The Olympic Park. Unfortunately the badminton wasn’t played there, but we were lucky enough to visit the park and watch the sports that did.
- The sporting heroes. A host of the great and the good in British sport turned out for the event; to speak, present medals and mentor the young athletes. They provided their unique perspective, inspiration and words of wisdom for the next generation of sporting elite.
- The Olympic Aquatics Centre – it just goes up and up…and up! Impressive, albeit a little head spinning if you don’t have a head for heights. Watch out if you have vertigo!
- The opening and closing ceremonies. Always interesting affairs and usually a good balance of protocol, speeches and entertainment…and this year was no exception. Jonathan Edwards, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Seb Coe were just 3 of the list of sporting celebrities who took the stage this year.
- Sainsbury’s, the Games main sponsor, supported by a range of partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, Youth Sport Trust, Department of Health, ParalympicsGB, Sport Wales, Sport Scotland and Sport Northern Ireland.
- The news that over £128m of Lottery and Government funding is being invested to support the School Games over the next 3 years.
- 3 Gold medals for Badminton Wales http://www.badmintonwales.net/
- Congratulations to Jordan Hart and Ellen Mehenthiralingam. Jordan took home the girls singles title and then partnered Ellen to girls doubles success.
Proud to be Welsh! Well of course I am; and these events tweak your patriotism a little more. However, I was more proud of our team...Badminton Wales did us proud! Not just because of the way our young athletes played and the medals won; of course that’s fantastic. I was just as impressed with the way they conducted themselves throughout the event on and off the court. Young people come in for their share of criticism these days so I just wanted to highlight how many positive young role models there are out there too.
Looking forward to the next one!