Pupils’ record hoops

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph -

AF­TER weeks of prac­tice, pupils at Peter­bor­ough schools fi­nally got their chance to try and smash a world record.

At pre­cisely 12.02pm yes­ter­day, 79 pupils from Old Flet­ton Pri­mary School joined 700 other chil­dren from around the city in a gi­ant “Hula Hoopathlon”, aimed at swiv­el­ling them­selves into the Guin­ness Book of Records.

The young­sters – plus two staff mem­bers – took part in the hula hip swiv­el­ling, and at­tempted to keep the hoops el­e­vated con­sis­tently for two min­utes with­out touch­ing or drop­ping in or­der to break the record.

School event or­gan­iser Suzanne Sem­per said: “Ev­ery­one had great fun, and some­thing like this lets ev­ery child feel as if they have achieved.”

Other schools tak­ing part in­cluded Or­ton Longueville School, Or­mis­ton Bush­field Academy and Glin­ton Pri­mary School.

The Peter­bor­ough leg was co-or­di­nated by the Peter­bor­ough School Sports Part­ner­ship, headed up by So­phie Jeal of Stan­ground Col­lege, which pro­vided a num­ber of schools with a set of hoops to prac­tise ahead of the big day. The chil­dren were aim­ing to break the record for the most peo­ple Hula Hoop­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ously in mul­ti­ple venues, and with more than 8,000 chil­dren tak­ing part across the coun­try, hopes are high they suc­ceeded. The last record was set on March 21 when 1,386 peo­ple took part.

Hoop­ing mad: Jes­sica Smith and friends, of Old Flet­ton Pri­mary School at the Hoopathon

in a Spin: Han­nah Smith, of Or­ton Longueville School, shows how it’s done.

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