Schools’ own Mini Olympics - VIDEO

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MORE than 350 children from 27 schools took part in the fourth Mini Olympics event organised by the Lincolnshire Central School Sport Partnership.

One of the organisers, Andy Allen of the partnership, said: “We had a lot of very favourable comments from people after the event saying it was probably the best of the four we have held so far.

“We would probably agree with that assessment as all the children clearly enjoyed themselves and had great fun, and that is what it is all about, as it is a festival not a competition.”

This year’s programme included four new events – parkour, slacklining, lacrosse and seated volleyball.

Twelve of the participants were presented with trophies, sponsored by Hodgson Elkington, for demonstrating at least one of the seven Olympic values.

Andy added: “We were very grateful for the support of Hodgson Elkington and for the help of North Kesteven District Council and Partnership NK, who helped fund the event, with Extreme NK supplying the parkour and slacklining.

“I would also like to thank the leaders from Kesteven and Sleaford High School, St George’s Academy, Carre’s Grammar School and the Sir William Robertson High School for all their support and RAF Cranwell for giving us use of the facilities once again.

“We were also delighted that Sophie Allen was able to come along on the day.”

Sophie, from Fulbeck, is a member of the GB swimming team for the London 2012 Games. She brought along a signed swim hat and a signed T-shirt from the European Championships in Hungary, where she won a silver medal, to present to her two former schools – Leadenham Primary and Sir William Robertson High – who were both represented at the Mini Olympics event; Leadenham taking part and Sir William Robertson providing leaders to help on the day.

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