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Archive entries for: Jun-2012

2012 School Games Update

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!