Get ready, set, go for the Specsavers Sussex School Games
An exciting summer of sport is set for school children across the county as they compete in the Specsavers Sussex School Games.
The fun filled 'mini-Olympics & Paralympics' styled event, will be held at the K2 Crawley, operated by Everyone Active, on Wednesday 26 June 2019.
The exciting games, is one of Active Sussex’s flagship events and gives Sussex schoolchildren, aged 7-16, an inclusive sporting opportunity to be involved in a range of competitions, including disability sports, and providing a meaningful experience, whatever their ability.
Athletes, from each area across the county, have already qualified from local district finals and area teams represented will be; Brighton & Hove Hawks, Central Sussex Dolphins, Crawley Cougars, Hastings & Rother Leopards, Mid Sussex Panthers, North Wealden Warriors, South Downs Giants, Southern Sharks and West Sussex West Wolverines.
Youngsters will be cheered on by Charles Cousins, the 30-year-old, London Olympian and double World Championships medallist.
The former GB Rowing Team sculler will also inspire at the opening ceremony, throughout the day and present medals.
Charles, who has now turned his hand to coaching, expressed excitement about encouraging young people throughout the day and stressed the importance of events like this.
"It’s a real honour to be attending and it’s so important to get kids playing and trying out different sports.
"At school I was useless at traditional sports – like football and rugby and wasn’t interested in sport at all… but thankfully a door was opened for me and I’ve had many adventures and amazing experiences because of sport. I hope the young people will be inspired like I was.
"In our modern climate with technology so dominant – now more than ever it’s important for kids to get away from screen time and break up their day."
This year, for the first time in the history of the prestigious event, alongside the top three medals – gold, silver and bronze, up for grabs in each sport, Spirit of the Games Awards can also be won.
Winners will be voted for by their fellow Sussex schools for demonstrating one or more of the six School Games values: determination, honesty, passion, respect, teamwork and self-belief.
Spirit of the Games Awards will have the same point’s value as a gold medal, therefore playing in the right spirit is just as important as winning!
"This is an all-inclusive event and it’s about having fun, cracking on with the day and giving your best," explained Charles.
"As a teenager it isn’t always easy – especially participating in sport but my message to all the youngsters is make sure you’re supporting everyone on the day, don’t be concerned about what other people are thinking and enjoy yourself!"
The Specsavers Sussex School Games is backed by National Lottery funding from Sport England and headline sponsor Specsavers (16 local Specsavers stores across Sussex).
And the games is delivered by a local organising committee made up of Active Sussex, the Sussex School PE and Sport Network (SGOs), National Governing Bodies of Sport, volunteers and head teachers.
For more information about the Specsavers Sussex School Games please visit here.