Pupils shot at sporting glory in Sainsbury’s School Games finals

Youngsters with athlete Stephen Miller
Youngsters with athlete Stephen Miller
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South Tyneside youngsters enjoyed a break from sums and science to take a shot at sporting glory.

 More than 150 sporty pupils from 10 primary and secondary schools in the borough set out to be top of the class in the Tyne and Wear Sainsbury’s School Games finals.

 The extravaganza at Silksworth Sports Complex saw more than 600 pupils representing 50 schools from across the region pitch in a range of sports - from tennis and cricket to golf and gymnastics.

 Before the action got under way, an Olympic-style opening ceremony got competitors in the mood for battle, featuring young rock band Vindico and Great Britain Paralympic star Stephen Miller.

 Scores of South Tyneside children helped to shape the winners’ circle on the day.

 Year 5 and year 6 children from St Aloysius were first over the finishing line in the Quadkids Athletics, with St Wilfrid’s College boys hitting the opposition for six in the cricket competition.

 The boys’ volleyball team from Mortimer Community College also netted success and Whitburn Academy’s team triumphed in the rounder’s competition.

 Schoolmates Nufa Leera and Nezish Amin, aged 13 and 12, who attend Mortimer Community College and lined up in the cricket competition, were delighted to be part of the sporting fun.

 Nufa said: “We met new people, got extra practice and it’s something different. I haven’t been playing for long so it’s good experience.”

 Both girls got involved in cricket through their school.

 She said: “Without this event the school wouldn’t have pushed to enter a girls’ team into cricket and I would have never taken up the sport, so I’m glad this competition happened again.”

 Claire Lee, School Games Co-ordinator at Tyne & Wear Sport said: “It is important that we continue to motivate and inspire young people to take part in sport. The School Games has given children across the region the opportunity to embrace sport like never before.

 In addition to the pupils, the event was supported by dozens of Young Leaders who helpedwith scoring, officiating and organising.