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England East lead the way on Day One at the Sainsbury’s School Games

14 September 2013
Picture by PA Images

At the halfway point of the Sainsbury’s School Games, England East are top of the leaderboard with 137 points overall. They are followed closely by England North with 127 points and England Central on 125.

The Girls 200m Freestyle opened the competition at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, with Ellena Jones securing the first gold medal of the meet for Wales in a time of 2:05.30.

“I’m really pleased” said Jones, “I was nervous to start with because it’s quite a big event and I wanted to swim well. But once I got in the water it was all about racing and in the end I really enjoyed it.”

Ellena was one of only a handful of athletes across 12 sports chosen to read the Athlete’s Oath at the opening ceremony of the School Games. “I was so nervous before but it was an exceptional experience and an honour to read it out on behalf of all the athletes.”

Lucy Davis from England North (2.05.53) and Maya Westlake from England Central (2.07.16) claimed second and bronze respectively.

In the Boys 200 Free Cameron Kurle (1.58.35) won the gold for England South ahead of England East's Frederick Biggs (1.58.78) and England North's Ben Cleaveley (1.15.96).

In the Girls 50 Freestyle Scotland South and East’s Katie Stark took gold in a PB of 26.78. The silver went to Wales’s Mari Davies (27.01) who just out touched England East’s Hazel Ferguson (27.07) in bronze medal position.

Stark said, “I have been working on a new start with my coach in training so I was a bit worried before the race as I wasn’t sure I would get a good start. I couldn’t really see the rest of the swimmers because I was on the outside so I was just trying to focus on my breathing and get to the finish.”

Ireland secured their first gold of the meet in the Boys 50m Freestyle, Calum Bain clocked 23.63 to finish ahead of the rest of the field. Daniel Speers (24.39) claimed the silver for England South and Alasdair Wright (24.47) the bronze for England North.

In the Girl's 400m IM Rosie Rudin took gold in impressive style clocking a time of 4.54.82. Erin Nabney followed for England East (5:02.30) and Georgia Coates sealed bronze for England North in 5:03.12

An impressive final leg from Kyriacos Papa-Adams in the Boys 400 IM saw him clinch the gold for England East (4.37.47). Scottish Junior Swimmer of the Year, Duncan Scott came in second place representing Scotland South and East and finishing in a time of 4.38.88. Sealing the third podium spot - Elliot Tointon representing England Central (4:41.91).

The swimmers are well-known to each-other, “I was actually expecting Duncan to win that race as he’s the national champion,” commented Papa-Adams.

“I was beaten by the better competitor on the day,” returned Scott, “I have been back in training for about two weeks so it’s good to do a bit of racing.”

The quartet of Lucy Davis, Elisha McCrory, Dervla Curran and Hannah Featherstone secured gold for England North in the 400 Girls Freestyle Relay (3.55.03). They were followed by England Central (3:55.21) and Wales (3:58.49) who took silver and bronze respectively.

In the Mens 400m Freestyle Relay, Nico Campbell, Jake Tyson, Regan Lloyd & Martyn Walton dug deep to put England East on the top spot (3:33.51). England North and South battled it out for silver, the North team clinched it in 3:34.99 and South claimed bronze with a time of 3:35.37.

  1. England East 137
  2. England North 127
  3. England Central 125
  4. England South 111
  5. Scotland South and East 90
  6. Wales 71
  7. Scotland North & West 65
  8. Ireland 54
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