Thousands of young Havant athletes going for gold

WINNER Graham Smith, organiser for The Havant Schools Games week.  Picture: Malcolm Wells (122096-2357)
WINNER Graham Smith, organiser for The Havant Schools Games week. Picture: Malcolm Wells (122096-2357)
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THESE fantastic medals are the reason why more than 16,000 children will be putting their all into the Havant School Games.

From Monday, competitors will hit volleyballs, run races and score goals in a bid to make sure their school’s haul of prizes is the biggest.

The event has been organised by Havant Rotary to encourage young people across the borough to embrace sport and get active.

Each school will hold an opening ceremony and has already chosen which stars will go through to next week’s finals, which are taking place in top sporting venues across the area.

Graham Smith, from Havant Rotary, took delivery of the medals yesterday.

He said: ‘They look absolutely brilliant. There’s over 900 of them and I honestly think the students will be proud to wear them. It’s a sign of achievement. From the feedback we’ve had so far all the schools are looking forward to it.

‘The Games are the kind of thing they will look back on with fond memories when they’re older.

‘We wanted them to be an experience which makes them feel part of the Olympics.

‘We wanted the Games to be an event they will never forget.’

There are four overall trophies: best infant, junior, primary and senior school.

The closing ceremony is being held at Havant’s Horizon Leisure Centre on Friday next week.

Each school will collect points beginning with a public fun run at Staunton Country Park this Sunday.

The whole community is invited to take part and it is hoped money will be raised through sponsorship to plough back into projects for young people.

The fun run begins at 10.30am at the country park, in Leigh Park.

It can be taken at leisure any time between then and 2.30pm. There is also a buggy run for parents with young children who want to take part. Everyone taking part gets to nominate which school can take their points.

Entry is £5 for adults, £2.50 for children and £10 for a family of four.

For more information go to hrsg.co.uk