Mara Yamauchi, the 2nd fastest British woman for the marathon behind Paula Radcliffe and winner of bronze medal at 10,000m at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, compered the Opening Ceremony and was on hand all day to inspire and encourage the athletes to achieve their personal best. Mara ran the ‘School Games Mile’ and gave the students a target time to aim for.
Dancers from St Laurence School and the Choir from Hilperton Primary Schools gave uplifting performances in front of the crowd.
Athletes were joined by the Mayor of Marlborough Lisa Farrell, Mayor of Swindon Councillor Junab Ali. and David Hemery CBE, Wiltshire’s Deputy Lieutenant.
This prestigious event is 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 Secondary Schools supporting officials from Wilts ASA, RFU, LTA, Golf Foundation, QuadKids, as well as volunteers from county associations and local clubs.
Jess Pierce who organised young leaders from Abbeyfield School said:
The atmosphere was electric, and every child looked like they could not be prouder to be at the games. My leaders loved being part of the athlete’s village and thought it brought loads of fun to the children.
Bradon Forest teacher, Sarah Evans, commented:
The competitions were very well organised, the games makers very efficient and the athlete’s village at the start and end of the day was great fun! I can only imagine how much work goes into organising such an event but it is greatly appreciated.
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, organiser of the event, commented:
The event gets better every year with more schools taking part not only in the sports competitions and by providing sports leaders. This year the message was about setting personal challenges and achieving one’s personal best.
For further information please contact Alma Borthwick on Alma@wiltssport.org.uk Mobile: 07789501553 | Office: 01225 781500
Please click here to see the results and medal table for 2017-18.