Schools take a leap into the first ever Spring Games
More than 500 pupils from 50 primary schools across Cornwall arrived at Truro School last week to compete in the first ever Spring Games. This was the first time that individual finals in the Cornwall School Games have been merged to create a Spring Games with points awarded towards the new 2016 Cornwall School Games 'Champions Race'.
Sports Hall Athletics - Sixteen teams from 14 different schools who qualified from their area competitions throughout the year competed in 2 categories. Devoran, Bishop Bronscombe and St Breock made the podium in the Year 3 & 4 competition with Wadebridge, St Mewan and Goonhavern taking the Year 5 & 6 medals.
Biathlon - record entries in this year's open competition with 180 children from 36 different schools. Winners of the four competitions were; Devoran (Year 5 Boys), Connor Down (Year 5 Girls), Marlborough (Year 6 Boys) and St Mary's Falmouth (Year 6 Girls).
Grass Track Cycling - finals scheduled for the first time to be part of the Spring Games and involving the mixed teams of year 5/6 pupils who had qualified through from their area competitions. In a fierce competition St Breock, Mount Hawke and St Minver went home with the medal places.
In a new twist this year organisers are recognising both depth and breadth of performance across all the finals events throughout the year. Points are allocated for the first eight places and count towards the new 'Champions Race' that charts the achievement of schools across each of the sport competitions.
In a hotly contested Spring Games, 40 individual schools registered points for finishes in the top eight with some recording their first score in the new race to be crowned overall champions. The big winners were Devoran and St Uny with point scoring performances across multiple events closely followed by St Breock who demonstrated depth and breadth, adding to their total for the year as the only school to score points in all three sports.
For latest Champions Race table see:
Full results are available for all competitions via:http://www.cornwallsportspartnership.co.uk/cornwallschoolgames/results-qualifiers/results/2015-16-primary-l3-finals-results
The event organised by the Cornwall Sports Partnership, local School Games Organisers, British Cycling, Sports Hall Athletics and 30 Young Leaders is part of a series of qualifiers and finals in over thirty different sports that take place throughout the year. More than 20,000 young people from across Cornwall will take part and the series reaches its peak at the main summer games that will be held on Friday 1st July in Penzance.
This year is the final year of the current funding round and the Cornwall School Games has received a reduction in its overall operating grant for 2016. With the future of the games uncertain at this time, The Cornwall Sports Partnership are launching a crowd funding campaign to try to help secure the future of the Games, which we hope communities will support. The campaign can be accessed via http://cornwallsportspartnership.podiumpartners.org/campaign/69-cornwall-school-games.
Pictures will be available on the Cornwall School Games Facebook page: www.facebook.com/cornwallschoolgames