Schools in the Bolsover area enjoyed considerable success at the 2015 Sainsbury’s Derbyshire School Games Event, which featured sprint stars Jonnie Peacock MBE and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey.
Almost 1,000 young people attended the event at Trent College, with 800 primary and secondary school children from 10 school sport partnerships from across the county competed in 11 events across seven different sports – golf, tennis, cycling, athletics, rounders, cricket and boccia.
Another 200 Young Leaders volunteered as event officials, marshals and media contributors to ensure the smooth running of the event, which is the culmination of competition across the school year.
Each of the 87 teams from 58 schools taking part – from High Peak to South Derbyshire – had already excelled to get through to this stage, having qualified by winning their local area competition.
Shirebrook Academy (Bolsover) were runners-up in the in the Super Sixes Golf Plus, took bronze in the Tennis Plus event and were handed the Spirit of the Games trophy in the Rounders as the most sporting team after finishing 10th.
Another success story were Glebe Junior School teams, who collected bronze medals in the Tri-golf and Quadkids Athletics Primary competitions.
Heritage High School, Clowne, meanwhile, were fifth in the Quadkids Athletics Secondary competition and were Spirit of the Games winners in the Cyclo-cross/Grass Track Cycling Secondary after finishing sixth.
A Heritage School dance group also performed at the opening ceremony and then assisted Katherine Wilkins from Deda in leading the warm-up routines.
Paralympian Peacock - London 2012 gold medallist in the T44 100m - was interviewed about his rise to stardom and spoke about how he had been inspired as a School Games athlete.
“These Games are so important because it teaches the kids so many different things on so many different levels,” he said. “If they can look at my journey and emulate that in any possible way, that’s going to be a huge win for me.”
World, European and Commonwealth medallist Aikines-Aryeetey was just as popular, giving a speech about the importance of having a positive, ‘can do’ attitude.
Aikines-Aryeetey said: “It has been really fun, an honour to be here. I really enjoyed listening to the young people talking about their experiences in sport, watching them in action and seeing the enjoyment on their faces.”
Both athletes took part in the opening ceremony, which saw captains from each of the school sport partnerships act as flag bearers, accompanied by athletes on the Derbyshire Institute of Sport (DIS) programme.
Others to show their support at the Derbyshire Sport-led event were nine-time Paralympic swimming medallist Martin Mansell, Paralympic footballer Leon Taylor and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Caroline Povey.