‘Fearless’ display by primary pupils at gymnastic festival
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!’