3,000 students to compete in Cornwall's biggest ever school sport event
This month over 3,000 Cornish students will be competing in the 2012 Cornwall School Games in Newquay and Carn Brea, the biggest school sport event the county has ever seen.
As excitement and momentum build for the Olympics, Cornish secondary and primary schools are equally excited about putting forward their top performing athletes for the 2012 Cornwall School Games on Friday 22 June; being held at Newquay Tretherras School and a number of other venues across Newquay, plus at Carn Brea Athletics Track.
A number of high profile sports personalities will be there on the day to encourage and motivate the participating students at the different locations, which include: Carn Brea Athletics Track, Lusty Glaze Beach, Newquay Teviglas School, Newquay Sports Centre, Heron Tennis Centre, Waterworld, Newquay Harbour and the flagship site at Newquay Tretherras School which will host the Athletes' Village and stage.
Injecting a Cornish twist to the programme, the event will see students compete in surfing, beach volleyball, gig rowing and surf lifesaving amongst the line-up of sports, which also includes: dance, tennis, rugby 7s, wheelchair basketball, boccia, table tennis, netball, athletics and hockey.
Cornish Olympic Sailor, Ben Ainslie, enthuses: "Sport has the power to change people's lives. It excites, it motivates, it inspires. It has given me amazing opportunities to not only achieve my Olympic dreams but to also become the person I want to be.
"I fully support the Cornwall School Games as I believe it will be a fantastic opportunity for all involved to achieve their own sporting excellence".
The 2012 Cornwall School Games has been organised in partnership by Cornwall Sports Partnership, Local School Games Organisers, Cornwall Schools and Head Teachers and the different National Governing Bodies of Sport through a Local Organising Committee.
Marie Hunter, Chair of the Cornwall School Games Organising Committee and advocate Head Teacher, enthuses: "This is such a great moment for the young people of Cornwall. In this Olympic year, experiencing the thrill of testing themselves against the very best young sportsmen and women from every school in Cornwall is very special. The young people themselves are responsible for much of the organisation of this prestigious event which promises to be every bit as exciting for them as London 2012."
The countywide sports tournament was piloted last year and saw over 1,000 students from 32 schools compete in a number of sporting events at different locations which included: Godrevy beach, Carn Brea running track, Stithians Lake, Falmouth Sports Centre and Penryn College. A number of celebrity sports players attended the day to show their support for our budding athletes, including Olympic weightlifter Michaela Breeze, Olympic hopeful sailing duo John Pink and Rick Peacock, and international rugby stars Thinus Delport and Chris Horsman.
With preparations well underway and the county's best young athletes getting ready to compete, the 2012 Cornwall School Games is all set to build on the success of last year's event and will encourage a countywide celebration of sport for our talented young sports stars.