Sports event visitor inspires children to do their very best

Young athletes from all over the county took part in the 2016 Level 3 Winter School Games in Kettering
Young athletes from all over the county took part in the 2016 Level 3 Winter School Games in Kettering

Young athletes from all over Northamptonshire descended on Kettering Sports Arena for the 2016 Level 3 Winter School Games.

The event, run by the team at Northamptonshire Sport, ran from February 23 to 26 and covered a multitude of sports from sportshall athletics to boccia and new age kurling to tag rugby.

Young athletes from all over the county took part in the 2016 Level 3 Winter School Games in Kettering

Young athletes from all over the county took part in the 2016 Level 3 Winter School Games in Kettering

Competing schools qualified from their district events to reach the finals week and try to become county champions.

Rob Richardson, GB Paralympic sitting volleyball captain, paid a visit to the event to inspire the children taking part. Rob, a lower leg amputee, captained the sitting volleyball team at the London 2012 Paralympics to eighth place and is currently busy training in the Para Skeleton event for the next Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang in 2018.

Jo Danvers, organiser of the Level 3 Northamptonshire School Games, said: “We are delighted that we were able to welcome Rob back to Northamptonshire. We knew that his visit would inspire our students and instil in them a belief that they too could become Olympians and Paralympians.

“He encouraged everyone and spent time with all of the students, encouraging them and supporting them through the day.”

The Level 3 School Games are one of the highlights of the year for school sport in Northamptonshire. Hundreds of teams have taken part in district competitions since September for the chance to compete in the finals. This year’s School Games saw the highest number of entrants ever with particular increases for primary schools in tag rugby, sports hall athletics, basketball and girls football.

For more information on the Northamptonshire School Games visit www.northamptonshiresport.org/schools.