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The sun shone on the 2017 Wiltshire and Swindon School Games summer level 3 competition

IMG 0040The 5th July saw 1500 young athletes, 200 young volunteers, representing 113 schools competing in this year’s Wiltshire and Swindon School Games at Marlborough College. The Games comprised of 14 sports as part of a year-round School Sports Competition Programme supported by the National Lottery and Sport England.

Sam Goring and Harvey Austin from Abbeyfield School were excellent comperes at the opening ceremony. They stole the show with their exuberance and humour drawing everyone’s attention to the stage. They introduced two exciting dance performances from Redlands Primary School and Bratton Primary School, which both brought the opening ceremony to life and had everyone clapping along to the music..

This year’s Sporting Champion was modern pentathlete Heather Fell. Heather achieved a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games and was also a World Champion that year. She gave a tremendously passionate speech in the opening ceremony, inspiring the young athletes about how she achieved her life time goal, representing her country in the 5 different events that make up the Modern Pentathlon.

After the motivating speech, Heather was eager to show her enthusiastic character, getting involved with the energetic warm up with Caroline ‘The Dance Lady’. The young athletes were fully engaged and enjoyed the warm-up, which was a wonderful sight to see.

Games MakersAthletes were also joined by the Mayor of Marlborough Mervyn Hall, Mayor of Swindon Maureen Penny and David Hemery CBE, Wiltshire’s Deputy Lieutenant. David was the 1968 Olympic 400m hurdles gold medallist who is now a Marlborough resident. He and Heather socialised with the young athletes and presented the prizes at the Athletics track where they both felt very at home.

The event was organised by Wiltshire and Swindon Sport (WASP) in conjunction with the School Games Organisers, National Governing Bodies for Sport and Wiltshire Council, with many other partners who make this competition possible.  The Young Leaders from many schools supporting officials from Wilts ASA, RFU, LTA, Golf Foundation, Quadkids, Wiltshire Squash as well as volunteers from county associations and local clubs.

WASP CEO Steve Boocock said “The School Games are an opportunity to motivate and inspire young people across Wiltshire and Swindon to take part in more competitive school sport and a chance to develop their sporting abilities. We want to encourage even more young people to get active and this is a great way to nurture new talent and build that lifelong love of sport."

Alma Borthwick, the School Games Co-ordinator, commented “The event gets better every year with more schools taking part not only in the sports competitions but also training leaders and entering the cultural competitions. A special mention to the young sports leaders who attended on Wednesday along with the 100 who officiated the winter events. They were professional, encouraging and a credit to their schools.”

Frances Chapman, Head Teacher, Chapmanslade CE VA Primary School, “Thanks so much for Wednesdays School Games. It was a fantastic day for our pupils and brilliantly organised again. Your young sports leaders were a credit to their various schools. Please pass on my thanks. Can I also thank the Orienteering organisers for the additional activities that had planned to keep the children occupied – much appreciated!”

David and HeatherJohn Popowicz, Project Manager GLL Swindon said “On behalf of GLL can Wendy and I thank you very much for a wonderful day. The event ran so smoothly on a very hot day, and that is testament to an event well planned and well organised. The atmosphere at the games was very exciting with a lot of young people full of energy and eagerness to partake in the competitions. I was impressed with the standard of the girl’s touch rugby and how far it has come in such a short time.”

All the young athletes did extremely well to perform at such a high standard across all the sports and especially in such hot conditions as the there was hardly a cloud over Marlborough all day and temperatures reached 28 degrees!

The Athletes Village area for the young athletes to keep active and try something new while not competing. This year saw some old and some new activities including:

Odin Events – Inflatable Cave

Ski2Bfit – 2 Min Skipping Challenge

Modern Pentathlon - Lazer Shooting range

Jamma de Samba - Workshops on the drums

Caroline The Dance Lady - with her hula hoops and mini trampolinesCarololine The Dance Lady and Ra Cat

Lacrosse - Lacrosse England

England Handball - Matt Durber from Swindon Handball Club

Swindon Storm - American Football

Wilts FA - Football

Archery GB - Archery

Results Table 



2nd Place

3rd Place







Athletics   Quadkids

Shaw Ridge


Great Bedwyn



Shaw Ridge





Winsley / Harnham


All Cannings 

Even Swindon




Table Tennis


St Augustine’s


Athletics   Super 8’s Girls

South Wilts Gramma


St Edmund’s

Athletics   Super 8’s Boys

Bishops Wordsworth

St Laurence


Touch Rugby


St Joseph’s



South Wilts Gramma


John Bentley


Kingdown A

St Edmund’s 

Kingdown B

Tennis  Girls Closed

South Wilts Gramma

St Laurence

Bradon Forest

Tennis  Girls Open

South Wilts Gramma

Royal Wootton Bassett Academy


Tennis  Boys Closed

St Augustine’s

Bishops Wordsworth

Bradon Forest

Tennis  Boys Open

Royal Wootton Bassett Academy

Bishops Wordsworth A

Bishops Wordsworth B

Disability Cricket Festival

Participating Schools – Uplands and St Marys

If you would like to find out more about the School Games please contact Alma email  Alma@wiltssport.org.uk  or call the WASP office on 01225 781500.


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