European and Commonwealth medallist Joe Roebuck will open the South Yorkshire Sainsbury’s School Games in Sheffield next week.
Joe, from Rotherham, will be the special guest at the annual day-long winter finals event at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EIS Sheffield) on Wednesday, March 18.
He will declare the Games open at an Olympic-style ceremony at the EIS before more than 1,000 young people from Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield compete in eight sports across 22 different competitions.
Children will be bidding to win gold, silver and bronze medals in athletics, basketball, boccia, cheerleading, gymnastics, netball, New Age Kurling and SportsAbility which also includes disability sports Sitting Volleyball and Goalball.
The event will also include a VIP ceremony which is being attended by the Mayor of Barnsley, Coun Ken Richardson, and the Mayor of Rotherham, CounJohn Foden.
Simon Pugh, development manager at South Yorkshire Sport, which organises the Games, said: “The multi-sport finals are the flagship events of our School Games programme.
“The Games were launched for the first time in 2012 as part of the legacy of the London Olympics and over the last three years have engaged thousands of young people in competitive sport.
“EIS Sheffield is a fantastic venue and provides an inspirational setting for the children to experience a major multi-sport competition.”
The 2015 South Yorkshire Sainsbury’s School Games also includes trampolining and badminton finals, held in February and March. The cross country finals follow at Cannon Hall, in Barnsley, on Friday March 20 and the summer multi-sport finals in Rotherham on July 1.
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