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Students help build Olympic legacy with countywide sports tournament

Cornwall School Games

This month over 1,000 Cornish school students will be taking part in the biggest sporting event for young people that the county has ever seen.

Excitement and momentum are now building as 32 schools put forward their best athletes for the 2011 Cornwall School Games, being held at a number of venues across Cornwall, on Sunday 26 June.

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: Godrevy beach, Carn Brea running track, Stithians Lake, Falmouth Sports Centre and the flagship site at Penryn College.

Even greater news for Cornwall is that this special event will be one of only nine other similar tournaments being piloted across the whole of the country this year, as the start of the legacy being built from the 2012 Olympic Games.

Injecting a Cornish twist to the programme, the event will see students compete in surfing, beach volleyball, gig rowing, surf lifesaving and sailing amongst the line-up of other sports, which include: tennis, rugby 7s, badminton, 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 2011 Cornwall School Games has been organised in partnership by Cornwall Sports Partnership, the School Sports Partnerships, the different National Governing Bodies of Sport, Truro School, Penryn College and Cornwall's Competition Managers.