Keeping Olympic legacy alive

Published on: 04 Aug 2014

BROMLEY Heath Juniors were the winners of the third annual Mangotsfield & Downend Schools (MaD) Olympiad at Pomphrey Hill.

Last year's winner, Staple Hill Primary, finished in second place and Blackhorse Primary third. Blackhorse won the infant competition which involved every Year 2 child in the area competing in events such as sprints, jumps, relays and throws as well as fun activities such as egg and spoon and obstacle races.

The afternoon event was organised by Mangotsfield School PE teacher Wendy O'Donnell for the best junior athletes from each school, who took part in a range of track and field events. It was marshalled by Bristol & West Athletics, The Grange Sports Partnership, representatives from the South Gloucestershire PE Association and student sports leaders from local secondary schools.

South Gloucestershire athletics coach and talent scout Dean Garrett said: "This event has uncovered a wealth of athletic talent which we previously didn't know existed. We'll be looking carefully at the results and will look to encourage some of this untapped talent to join the county squad."

The event was set up as part of the legacy of the 2012 London Olympics. Simon Botten, chairman of the Mangotsfield & Downend Headteachers' Group and head teacher at Blackhorse Primary, said: "We wanted to create an event which would allow mass participation, as we have in the infant competition, so that over time every child would experience the excitement of representing their school in sport, as we believe as a cluster of local schools that this builds positive attitudes both on and off the sports field.”

“However, we also wanted to create the opportunity to foster local talent in a more formal and competitive manner, so the junior event in the afternoon allows the very best junior athletes the chance to pit themselves against local peers.

“ This can only encourage all our local children to get involved in athletics and sports - which is, after all, what the Olympic Legacy is all about".

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