‘Fear­less’ dis­play by pri­mary pupils at gym­nas­tic festival

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

ARGYLL pri­mary school pupils were hailed as ‘amaz­ing’ by or­gan­is­ers of Ac­tive Schools’ gym­nas­tics festival at Oban High School, where young ac­ro­bats also put on a ‘fear­less’ dis­play.

Ac­tive Schools aim to help school pupils en­joy a more ac­tive and healthy lifestyle in Argyll and Bute, both at and be­yond school, with planned ac­tiv­i­ties in classes and the com­mu­nity.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion has around 600 vol­un­teers, in­clud­ing par­ents, teach­ers, com­mu­nity coaches and se­nior pupils, giv­ing up their time to sup­port a range of sports.

‘It en­cour­ages the chil­dren to take ex­er­cise,’ ex­plained Ac­tive Schools co- or­di­na­tor Gil­lian Walker. ‘Each school has been run­ning a gym­nas­tics club.’ Their train­ing cul­mi­nated in a gym­nas­tics festival at Oban High School, where pupils from Park, Rock­field, St Columba’s, Taynuilt, Dun­beg and Ari­nagour pri­mary schools com­peted.

The day’s win­ners were team one from St Columba’s Pri­mary School, fol­lowed by team one and team four from Park, who


took sec­ond and third prizes re­spec­tively.

Natalie Lopez of St Columba’s Pri­mary School team one picked up the award for best girl gym­nast, while Con­nor Wells of Park Pri­mary team four was named the best boy gym­nast. Gym coach Kirsty Kennedy, who has been run­ning gym classes for the pri­mary school chil­dren, said: ‘The stan­dard is amaz­ing. All the kids have done bril­liantly, ex­ceed­ing ex­pec­ta­tions.’

The win­ners from Oban’s St Colum­bas’s Pri­mary pose for the pho­to­graph. in the back­ground, Oban High School’s ac­ro­batic gym­nas­tics squad, which has been train­ing since Septem­ber. Gym­nas­tics coach Bronwen Davies said: ‘ They are fear­less!’

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