Bucks schools compete for glory in mini-Olympics

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Dozens of schools from all over the county competed against each other for medals in a fiercely-contested festival of sport last Friday.

Around 1,500 pupils aged 7-16 took part in the Sainsbury’s School Games at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. The event, dubbed a mini-Olympics, has now been running since 1999.

Schools from the Aylesbury, Milton Keynes, Wycombe, Marlow and Chiltern areas were strongly represented at the festival which took place at five sites across Aylesbury. In all, more than 90 schools took part. There were 13 different sports, from athletics to swimming, rounders, table tennis and cycling.

The day, organised by Leap – the Bucks & MK Sport Partnership – in partnership with the county’s School Games Organisers, was the culmination of a year-long programme of qualifying competitions.

Bill Chapple, chairman of Buckinghamshire County Council, said: “There was a strong will to win from all the schools and their pupils but an equal sense of praising those who took part whether they won or lost, and I thoroughly enjoyed the day.

“It was very hot but it did not stop the competitors from doing their very best. Congratulations to all those who took part and to the organisers who produced a perfect day.”

Mark Ormerod, director of Leap, added: “There has been a lot in the press claiming that the 2012 London Games have not delivered a legacy.

“The School Games have now run successfully for a number of years and are becoming a tradition in Bucks with young athletes having their first taste of a multi-sport event which culminates after months of qualifying.

“I was delighted to see so many youngsters having so much fun competing in many different sports, and to see the 2012 legacy thriving in Bucks.”

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