Durham children take part in school “Olympics”

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HUNDREDS of Durham schoolchildren have competed in their own Olympic Games.

About 900 kids took part in the Durham County School Games at Durham University’s Maiden Castle sports ground and the Freeman Quay Leisure Centre, Durham City, as part of the county council’s Olympic legacy programme Join In.

Councillor Claire Vasey, the authority’s cabinet member for children and young people’s services, said it was a chance for youngsters to be inspired.

Coun Vasey said: “This is a wonderful example of how our talented school athletes can feel part of the Olympic and paralympic movement.

“There may well be future Olympians among the pupils who took part.”

Trained young leaders ran the event.