ORGANISERS of the Sainsbury’s UK School Games, held in Sheffield over the past four days, have hailed the event a great success.
The city welcomed 1,600 young athletes for the huge sporting event which saw them compete in 12 sports at seven venues across Sheffield, including Ponds Forge, the English Institute of Sport and Don Valley Stadium.
A closing ceremony took place yesterday afternoon.
Will Roberts, from the Youth Sport Trust, said: “This year’s Sainsbury’s UK School Games have been a huge success. ”
“We’ve had more sports than ever before delivered in some of the very best venues in the country.
“The standard has once again been incredibly high with a number of Games records broken.
“The city of Sheffield should be very proud to have hosted such a spectacular Games.”
Many records were broken throughout the event, including Jessica Applegate’s gold medal-winning freestyle swim, which broke the existing world record by 0.05 seconds. Caleb Hughes set a new championship record in the 1,500m swimming event, and Nicole Lough took home a new record in the 100m breaststroke.
In athletics, the 100m championship record was smashed by teenager Kelvin Tairou, who crossed the line in just 10.54 seconds.
Elsewhere, Gabby Down claimed gold in the wheelchair foil fencing and Joe Fraser took home the all-round boys’ title in the gymnastics.
Athletics events included javelin, shot putt, discus and hammer, as well as several track races.
There was also table tennis, judo, hockey, cross-country cycling and badminton.
In the wheelchair basketball, which made its debut in this year’s competition, along with rugby sevens, England Central beat England South 31-29.