School Games concludes in style

The Sainsbury’s 2012 School Games closes in spectacular fashion in the Olympic Park venues as athletics, cycling and swimming competitors descend on the Park.

The Sainsbury's 2012 School Games draws to a close in spectacular fashion in the Olympic Park venues.

Athletics, track cycling and swimming competitors descended on the Park and put on a fantastic show across three venues for the excited crowds.
 
The spotlight shone on the Olympic Stadium as the curtain came down on the 2012 event, with Ronnie Wells from Somerset making the most of his time on the big stage as he stormed to the boys' 100m title.
 
The 16-year-old took to the track having won his three previous races this season and he made it four from four as he crossed the line first with a new personal best time of 10.84 seconds.
 
Despite getting used to visiting the top step of the podium this year, the Exeter Harrier sprinter admitted that doing it in the Olympic Stadium was the best yet, he commented: "It feels absolutely amazing to have won the gold medal here, I can't believe it.
 
"I came here just hoping to get a medal but to end up with a gold is out of this world. The personal best is really pleasing too because it is wet weather and not the best conditions although I was hoping for rain because I like running in the wet.
 
"I think the atmosphere inside the stadium definitely helped me because as I was warming up I could hear the crowd cheering which got me really pumped up. Competing in the Olympic Stadium is something I will remember for a long time, and winning the gold made it all the more exciting."
 
In the girls' 100m race, England South East's Daryll Neita followed suit as she collected gold, keeping her nerve in a race that saw two false starts.
 
And there was plenty more for England South East to cheer about as they won three of the four relay medals on offer; only a dropped baton in the rain in the girls' 4x100m spoiling a clean sweep with England North East making the most of the opportunity to take the crown.
 
London 2012 Paralympic hopeful, Jade Jones will be hoping for a repeat performance if she returns to the capital this summer as she won both the 100m and 200m wheelchair races.
 
In the field events England South West's Taylor Campbell blew away the competition to win boys' hammer, while Wales' Awen Rosser won the girls' discus.
 
After competing at Redbridge earlier in the week in the road cycling, today saw the cycling move to the Velodrome for track cycling action.
 
East Midlands duo Hannah Blount and Grace Garner adjusted to their new surroundings the best as they broke their own national under-16 record in the heats to win the team sprint.
 
West Midlands' rider Lucy Shaw also had a day to remember at the Olympic venue securing the girls' scratch title to grab her second gold medal in two days, while para-cycling pair Ryan Whatmough and Joe Widdowson took a clean sweep of gold medals taking six home in total.
 
Over at the London Aquatics Centre, Wales' Siwan Thomas-Howells clinched two gold medals in both her races.
 
The 15-year-old Swansea swimmer came up trumps in the 200m freestyle which was the opening race of the meet, followed by victory in the 100m freestyle. She commented: "I am so grateful to have had this opportunity to compete here and get the chance to do my best and get the gold medals.
 
"This is a fantastic arena and the noise of the crowd really spurred me on."
 
Meanwhile, Jordan Lamb also came away with two gold medals in the 100m and 200m backstroke, while 14-year-old Charlie Attwood produced a fantastic time of 1:06.86 minutes to win the 100m breaststroke.
 
North England topped the medal table on the day with gold medals coming from Linda Shaw in the 50m freestyle, and two golds for Chloe Buck in the MC 100m breaststroke and 200m individual Medley.
 
Kahoru Harazawa also came away with a haul of golds, with victory in the boys' MC 200m individual medley and 100m breaststroke.
 
Prime Minister, David Cameron commented on the athletes' successes today: "Huge congratulations to all the winners, runners up and everyone who took part in the School Games Finals this week.
 
"Without a doubt, one of the most important parts of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has always been the legacy, so it's brilliant to see over 12 000 schools signed up to the School Games, encouraging children to take part in competitive sport, and it's very fitting that some of these young people are amongst some of the first athletes to experience the thrill and excitement of competing at the Olympic Stadium, Velodrome and Aquatics Centre.
 
"Perhaps we have seen some of the great sports heroes of the future compete this week, but more importantly, I hope they will inspire many more young people to get involved in sport.
 
"It's a great way to mark the lead-up to the 2012 Games."
 
This evening all 1,600 athletes who have competed in the Sainsbury's 2012 School Games head over to the Basketball Arena to enjoy a closing ceremony with performances from the Cover Drive and gymnastic troupe Spelbound.
 
Backed by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, the Sainsbury's 2012 School Games is a multi-sport event for 1,600 elite young athletes.  The Games took place from 6-9 May 2012 with the Olympic Stadium, Velodrome and Aquatics Centre at the Olympic Park among London venues hosting competition. 
 
The Sainsbury's 2012 School Games finals event in May is one part of the wider year round School Games initiative, which uses the inspiration of London's Olympics and Paralympics to transform competitive sport in schools and get more people playing sport.  Thousands of schools across the country have signed up to take part in local class versus class and school versus school competitions along with county wide sports festivals.
 
The Sainsbury's 2012 School Games is supported by a range of partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, Youth Sport Trust, Department of Health, ParalympicsGB, Sport Wales, Sport Scotland and Sport Northern Ireland.
 
Over £128m of Lottery and Government funding is being invested to support the School Games over the next 3 years.
 
To find out more about the Sainsbury's 2012 School Games visit: www.2012schoolgames.com.
 

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