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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

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Workington schools gear up for games

Thousands of people will fill Workington’s Derwent Park stadium on Tuesday for the town’s own Olympic games.

UP AND OVER: Charlotte Grimshaw tackles the hurdles in Seaton Academy’s warm-up for the Workington Olympics

Workington Olympics 2012 will see 2,618 children taking part in sports, dance and musical celebrations.

Representatives from 15 schools in the Workington area have been planning the event since last May and have received around £11,000 in donations to make it possible.

The event has even had its own torch relay around each school which will end with the torch being carried into the stadium for the opening ceremony.

Main organiser Judith Henderson, deputy headteacher of Beckstone Primary School in Harrington, said: “The torch relay has really set the flame burning for all the schools and brought them together. The excitement is certainly growing.”

All primary, infant and junior schools will represent different countries.

Seaton Academy is representing New Zealand.

Jenny Charlwood, PE co-ordinator and year one teacher at Seaton Academy, said: “I think the Workington Olympics event has given the children more understanding and has brought it to the front of their minds with their own event going on.

“It is a fantastic event and it is brilliant that all the schools can get together.

“It is going to be amazing and something the children will remember forever.”

Marnie Jackson, Brett Carter and Jarrad Stack, from Workington Town RLFC’s community team, have been holding warm-up and qualifying sessions at the schools.

Ninety-four children from each school will take part in one of seven sports, including sprint, hurdles, obstacle, team long jump, sock putt, relay and tunnel ball.

Other pupils will perform a dance routine for the opening ceremony and all children will sing at the start and end of the event.

It will be officially opened by Workington mayor Andrew Lawson, and the compere will be CFM radio DJ Robbie Dee.

Workington’s three secondary schools – Southfield, Stainburn and St Joseph’s – have helped to support the event and some of their pupils will help out on the day.

Southfield Technology College’s samba band and Stainburn School’s steel band will entertain the crowds during the opening ceremony.

The event begins at 9.30am and will finish at around 1.30pm, when children will return to their schools.

Admission is by programme, which can be bought for £2 from Derwent Park by families of children taking part.


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