OLYMPIANS OF THE FU­TURE?

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HUN­DREDS of school­child­ren com­peted in a mini-Olympics event last week.

Around 1,500 pupils from across the county com­peted in 13 dif­fer­ent sports on Fri­day.

The young­sters, aged from seven to 14, de­scended on Stoke Man­dev­ille Sta­dium for the Sains­bury’s School Games, which also boasted guest speak­ers and dance per­for­mances.

Among the schools that took part were Che­sham Gram­mar School, Chal­font St Peter CofE Academy, Chiltern Hills Academy, Great Mis­senden CofE School, Holmer Green Ju­nior School, Amer­sham School, Dr Chal­loner’s Gram­mar School, Chal­font St Giles Ju­nior School and Our Lady’s School.

The sta­dium was the venue for the open­ing cer­e­mony and sev­eral of the sport­ing com­pe­ti­tions, but other sites around Ayles­bury also hosted var­i­ous dis­ci­plines.

The pop­u­lar event was co-or­di­nated by Leap, the Sport and Ac­tiv­ity Part­ner­ship for Bucks and MK, in part­ner­ship with the county’s School Games Or­gan­is­ers and the games were the cul­mi­na­tion of a year­long pro­gramme of qual­i­fy­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

Speak­ers in­cluded Kirsty Mackay, the Eng­land hockey goal­keeper, and Alis­tair Pa­trick-He­sel­ton, the GB Par­a­lympic seven-a-side foot­baller.

There were also per­for­mances by the Bourne End Dancers and Two Mile Ash Pri­mary School, in Milton Keynes.

Photos by Grant Humphreys www.buyapho­totms.co.uk BE154254

SPRINT­ING FOR THE LINE: Stoke Man­dev­ille Sta­dium was the chief venue for the Sains­bury’s School Games on Fri­day

HEAVE! Peren­nial favourite, tug-o’-war

LIFT-OFF: Some 1,500 pupils took part in the School Games

WHEELY GOOD FUN: This com­peti­tor tries out a more un­usual rac­ing dis­ci­pline

BAL­ANC­ING ACT: Plate-spin­ning was among the con­tests

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