Young stars do the town proud

Lancahsire Youth Games'St George's Rounders team
Lancahsire Youth Games'St George's Rounders team
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PUPILS from Highfield and St George’s Schools were medal marvels at the SPAR Lancashire Secondary School Games finals, competing against more than 50 schools from across the county.

Hundreds of secondary school pupils from across Lancashire represented their district in sports including netball, football, handball, rounders, wheelchair basketball, table tennis and athletics as Preston’s UCLan Sports Arena and St Augustine’s Sports Centre staged the finals last week.

Representing Blackpool with distinction were St George’s, who finished joint-winners at rounders, and Highfield, who claimed third place in the football final.

The St George’s girls won their section and beat Lancaster in the semi-finals. They shared the trophy after the final was rained off.

Congratulations to the players: Immogen Proctor, Keeley Drummond, Ashleigh Oldham, Alisha Oldale, Loretta Sanderson, Emma Smythe, Beth Singleton, Chloe Wright, Katie Kinder, Vicky Anstess, Leanne Rigby and Sophie Eaves.

Despite the torrential rain, hundreds of spectators turned out to support the county finals, which are now part of the national £128m school games programme and are sponsored by James Hall & Company Ltd, the SPAR distributors for the North of England.

The Games were opened with a special performance from ‘Big Dance 2012, the UK’s biggest celebration of dance, and pupils were also entertained by the City of Preston Gymnastics Club.

This year’s SPAR Lancashire School Games have seen more primary and secondary schools than ever compete.

Richard Varey, chairman of the Lancashire School Games organising committee and head of Burnley’s Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College, said: “Congratulations to all of the pupils from Blackpool, who can count themselves among the highest achievers in the county.

“The SPAR Lancashire Primary School Games were a huge success and children from more than 50 schools participated in sport and cultural events which have been designed to build on the magic of 2012.

“We think we may have unearthed some future Olympians, too!”