The School Games 2012

May 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Over 1600 school children who play sport at an elite level have been invited to attend The 2012 School Games taking place in Olympic venues across London this week.

The School Games offer a chance for school children to get a feel for the Olympic Games as they have exclusive access to brand new facilities including four venues which will be focus points during the summer Games; The Olympic Stadium, The Velodrome, The Aquatics Centre and ExCel Centre.

wheelchair basketball The School Games

Wheelchair Basketball at The School Games 2012

Much like professional athletes at the Olympic Games school competitors will face stiff competition from athletes who are expected to be future Olympians. The School Games consist of tradition sporting events found at the Olympics and Paralympics including cycling, swimming, gymnastics, hockey, fencing, wheelchair basketball, judo and table tennis.

With over 30,000 spectators in attendance and opening and closing ceremonies The School Games is a rare and exciting opportunity for youngsters. But what I think makes The School Games so special is that children don’t have to be athletic to take part as the event has been designed to utilise a wide range of skills which school children possess.

Over 700 volunteer opportunities were available and aspiring journalists taking part in BBC News School Report (pupils aged 11-16) have been on hand to report all of the action from the Games. They’ve created multimedia footage of the sporting events, written up articles and interviewed athletes taking part in the Games which is all available to read and watch online.

Fencing The School Games

Fencing at The School Games 2012

The School Games has been an annual event for a number of years but 2012’s event seems all the more relevant as it coincides so nicely with the London 2012 Olympic Games. I’m sure that access to Olympic stadiums, equipment and even former Olympic athletes (ambassadors include Denise Lewis and Darren Campbell) will inspire the school children taking part to cherish every moment of the event and encourage them to take their sporting ability seriously. 

It’s fantastic to see children really getting stuck into a project and enjoying sports so much. The School Games ends today but you can catch up on all of the activity online. Excitingly this is the final event to take place in the Olympic grounds before the Opening Ceremony on July 27th – only 79 days to go!

World Athletic Championships

August 30, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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As a keen runner many years ago I have always had an interest in sports. Athletics is an area which I particularly admire for the sheer skill and talent involved so this weekend I’ve been watching the World Athletic Championships which are currently taking place in Daegu, South Korea.

The event gathers the world’s most thought after athletes in track and field events offering an incredible opportunity to see world champions at their best. I’ve enjoyed the championships mainly because now the London 2012 Olympic Games seen so close.

usain bolt

Although the World Athletic Championships have produced definite victories it’s fair to say that the championships have been somewhat eventful. As Jamaican athlete and 100 meters world champion, Usain Bolt was disqualified from the 100 meter race after a false start.

The disqualification has caused further controversy as many are now questioning whether an immediate ineligibility to participate is fair. I think that the situation for Usain Bolt was extremely unlucky as if he had have participated he could have gone on to achieve his personal best and broken another world record.

Jessica Ennis

Today has provided disappointment for British world champion Jessica Ennis, who was unsuccessful in holding onto her world champion title for the Heptathlon after a poor javelin performance. However, Jessica’s achieved a silver medal for her efforts; an achievement which I think is rather outstanding and a brilliant triumph for team GB.

Finally the World Athletic Championship 2011 has offered a moving moment in sport which I’m sure will be memorable for many. As Oscar Pistorious also known as the ‘Blade Runner’ was allowed to run the 400 meters alongside able bodied athletes. The decision to allow a man who runs with the aid of prosthetics has caused somewhat of a stir amongst some, however, I think that it is a brilliant sight to be seen, one which we should all appreciate, accept and celebrate.

blade runner

I’d like to offer the best of luck to all of the British athletes taking part in the World Athletic Championships- Good Luck!

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