Olympics come to Welwyn Garden City

THE Olympics came to WGC as a secondary school played host to 170 youngsters for a special event.

Sir Frederic Osborn School held SFO Games 2010 for year five pupils, to mark Olympic Day.

Primary schools taking part, including Peartree, Springmead, Commonswood and Watchlytes, were each allocated a country, and given a flag and T-shirts for their competing athletes to wear.

Dance leaders from Sir Fred’s choreographed dance routines for the opening ceremony, which also included a parade of the flags.

The games then began in earnest, with pupils taking part in a number of sports, from volleyball and tennis to boccia and tae kwon do.

Herts Phoenix athlete and junior Great Britain sprint hurdler Steph Gaynor was also on hand to give some athletics coaching.

At the end of the day, coaches nominated the team, which displayed the Olympic and Paralympic values most strongly throughout the event.

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This was the South Africa team from Commonswood, who were awarded with a shield, while everyone who took part received a medal with the Olympic flame on and a certificate.

Sarah Mitcherson, director of sport specialism at the Herns Lane school, said: “It was fantastic to see the children enjoying the range of Olympic and Paralympic sports, some of which they had never tried before.

“As we look forward to London 2012, it is important to learn and reflect on the Olympic and Paralympic values, which are applicable life skills.”

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