OLYMPIANS OF THE FUTURE?
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.
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