Young swimmers battle it out in the largest School Games event in the Country
18 April 2012
Young swimmers from Manchester were amongst more than 1700 young athletes who joined stars of sport and music in the Greater Manchester School Games at the end of March.
The festival showcased twenty sports, including swimming, which took place at some of Manchester’s world class sporting facilities. Teams from Primary, Secondary and Special Schools across the County earned the right to compete in the Winter Games having qualified through their local leagues and tournaments.
In true Olympic and Paralympic style, the event reflected the traditions of the Cultural Olympiad and begin with an Opening Ceremony at the Regional Athletics Centre. This involved a wide variety of dance, music and artistic performances including the winners of a school band competition and chart toppers Rizzle Kicks officially opening the Games alongside Key 103 who once again supported the School Games.
The participants then moved on to some of Manchester’s world class facilities including The National Cycling Centre, The Indoor Athletics Arena and Manchester Aquatics Centre where they competed against each other to become Greater Manchester Champions. Simon Miller Paralympic and commonwealth medallist in the pool presented the awards for Swimming and Water Polo.
In addition to the 1700 athletes competing at the games, there were over 200 school children that made up the School Games Crew. The School Games Crew is a unique group of young leaders and volunteers who were specifically chosen to assist in the planning and delivery of the Greater Manchester Schools Games.
A great day was had by all and a big congratulations goes to all who competed in the games and the School Games Crew who did an amazing job of helping make sure the day ran smoothly!
Results from the day can be found on the Greater Manchester School Games website.