Portsmouth school is at one with Olympic values

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STUDENTS and staff are ready, steady go for London 2012 – after their school was awarded official recognition of its commitment to Olympic and Paralympic values.

Portsmouth Grammar School is now a member of the Get Set network which means it will get free tickets to the Games as well as access to exclusive competitions.

Chris Dossett, the school’s director of sport, said: ‘I am very proud of our pupils – they are excellent examples of how London 2012 is helping to spark young people’s imagination and inspiring them to get involved and make a difference.’

Get Set membership depends on demonstrating the Olympic values of friendship, excellence and respect and the Paralympic ideals of inspiration, courage, determination and equality.

Among the sports success stories at PGS are the U15 cricket team who are national Lord’s Taverners’ champions, the U15 rugby team winning the Wimbledon College Sevens and the U16 girls’ hockey squad who have made it through to the national finals of the England Schools’ Cup.

Hattie Gould, 15, captain of the girls’ intermediate athletics team, has just learned she will be part of the Olympic torch relay team when it passes through Portsmouth this summer.

Mr Dossett added: ‘We are planning a number of Olympic themed events next year including assemblies, house competitions and a very special sports day in the summer term.’