PICTURE SPECIAL: Inaugural Suffolk School Games are held

THE “great” British summer did its best to put a dampener on proceedings, but it was defeated in the determination stakes by the pupils that managed to compete across west Suffolk on Friday morning.

The rain did result in some casualties at the inaugural Suffolk School Games, including the morning’s Quad Kids event and afternoon’s Super-8s, which were due to take place on the outdoor facilities at Bury Leisure Centre.

However, the best was made of a difficult situation and after an uplifting opening ceremony which included music from County Upper School pupils, a spectacular dance sequence – featuring children from several primary and middle schools – and a motivational speech from slalom canoeist and 2004 Athens silver medallist Campbell Walsh, the action started, with most of the 1,000-plus taking part.

Gymnastics, swimming, boccia, panathlon, cricket and golf did survive the elements and the sports hall at Bury Leisure Centre, in particular, was a hive of activity with excited children, parents, teachers and School Games Organisers getting into the Games spirit.

Suffolk Sport Business Development Manager, Tony Bush, said: “Despite the weather, we have had a fantastic day and the opening ceremony was brilliant.

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“All the children got involved, Campbell Walsh epitomised the Olympic spirit in his speech and we also had two torch bearers there in Danny Thorrington and Amy Linton.”

The School Games culminated in Friday’s finals day, following months of intense competition that saw children from all around the county compete to be part of the proceedings and represent their school with pride.

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“After taking a bit of time to gain momentum, the Games have really taken off and the pupils have embraced them.”

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