Top class students shine at games
STUDENTS from England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland made their way in high excitement to the USN Bolton Arena during September for the Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games.
This is a major multi-sport event for the UK’s elite young athletes of school-age and seeks to create an inspirational and motivational setting to help young athletes thrive and perform at the highest levels, as well as encouraging more youngsters to take part in sports.
This year, it involved around 1,600 of the nation’s finest young sports stars and is a great indicator of both Olympic and Paralympic potential for the 2016 and 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The USN Bolton Arena was chosen as one of the nine prestigious venues to host events this year featuring 12 different disciplines, and both the fencing and gymnastics’ events were held here.
Supporting all the youngsters were 700 coaches, support staff and volunteers – all helping to make this Games spectacularly successful!
There were many remarkable individual performances – Truro fencer Rebecca Puckey took gold in the mixed wheelchair fencing foil final, overcoming fellow England team-mate Kasjan Paszkowski.
And in the gymnastics, Jamie Lewis put in a superb performance to help England clinch team gold, earning the individual all-round title in the process.
As for the Arena – well, we felt that the wealth of sporting talent on show, the huge visitor interest in the venue and the great atmosphere throughout made us winners as well!