The Sainsbury's School Games and me

by Youth Sport Trust

The Sainsbury's 2013 School Games has been nominated for a National Lottery award for Best Sports Project.

The annual multi-sport event sees 1,600 of the country's top young sporting talent compete across a dozen sports, and we heard from a select few of those young people on what competing at the Sainsbury's 2013 School Games meant to them.

Bobby Clay, athletics 

The Sainsbury's School Games is such an exciting event. I love that prior to my race day I can watch the other sports and see the top young sports men and women in their discipline.

 Being with the team, and the whole team spirit was fantastic and made the experience so fun. I would advise someone to embrace the whole event, watch as many different sports as possible to learn about all the disciplines on show.

James Shaw, cycling

Multi discipline events are different to single sport competitions, you get a totally different atmosphere mixing with people from sports other than your own. The opening and closing ceremonies are massive and take the whole thing to a completely different level. You would have to compete at the Commonwealth or Olympics to get an experience as good, it is really special.

Natasha Sinha, Swimming

It is a huge honour to be selected to compete at the School Games, as there are many great swimmers out there and the competition for places is very tough. The atmosphere is amazing, and it is unlike any other event I've taken part in.

Piers Gilliver, wheelchair fencing

I was thrilled to be selected for the final time, because I'd had such a brilliant experience at the previous two School Games that I have attended and competed in. It is such a great event to be part of and I aimed to enjoy every minute of it.

Joe Fraser, gymnastics 

It is an honour to compete at the School Games, it was my first multi sport event and it was great to be a part of it. I would tell anybody competing for the first time to enjoy every aspect of it, from the opening ceremony to your own competition and the closing ceremony.

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