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Students help build Olympic legacy in countywide sports tournament

2012 Cornwall School Games

Later this year over 1,500 Cornish school students will be taking part in the biggest sporting event for young people that the county has ever seen.

As excitement and momentum build for the Olympics, the Local Organising Committee for the Cornwall School Games has announced that the 2012 event will be taking place on Friday 22 June in Newquay.

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, including: 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.

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. It will also continue the excitement established by the arrival of the Olympic torch relay just one month earlier.

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."

Set across four levels, the national School Games framework is fully inclusive and will increase the amount of competitive sport taking place across the school year across the whole country.  From class versus class and school versus school, through to countywide sports festivals and culminating in a national finals event - the first of which will be held at the Olympic Park in London in May - the School Games is a real celebration of sport.

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.