Welwyn Hatfield pupils shine in mini Commonwealth Games
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Over 400 Welwyn Hatfield pupils staged their own ‘Commonwealth Games’ on Friday, July 13.
Inspired by the medal winning performances at the Games on Australia’s Gold Coast earlier this year, Year Five pupils gathered at Gosling Sports Park, representing a Commonwealth country for each school.
A total of 28 teams from 14 schools tested their mettle in sports including gymnastics, taekwondo, boxing, netball, cricket, hockey and track and field events.
Teams also competed to make the best flag and information poster for their country, with the top prize for the flag going to
Dominica from Welwyn St Mary’s.
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There were three winners for the poster competition; Jamaica from Birchwood, Seychelles from Oak View, and Trinidad and Tobago from St John’s Lemsford.
Ruby, from Oaklands Primary School, said: “I really enjoyed today as I was able to play a number of different sports.
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“My favourite sports today was badminton and gymnastics.
“I got to try racketball today, and I really enjoyed it because I have never been able to play before but my dad used to play this when he was little, so it was good to be able to give it a go.”
Sam, also from Oaklands, said: “I got to do gymnastics for the first time today and I loved it.
“It was my favourite activity of the day and I hope that I will have the chance to take part in gymnastics again.”
The event was organised by Welwyn Hatfield Council, Schools Sports Partnership, and Hertfordshire Sports Partnership, and was officially opened by mayor councillor Barbara Fitzsimon and Welwyn Garden City rugby star Lotte Clapp.
Lotte said: “Today is really important because when I was their age, I loved things like this, it’s a great way to enjoy sport and have no pressure on you and give other things ago.
“You learn to work in a team, resilience and other life skills that will help in the future.”
Councillor Terry Mitchinson, executive member for leisure, culture and communications, said: “The Gold Coast primary school games is all about helping students learn the importance of team work, whilst getting them involved in physical activities.
“We’re committed to maintaining and improving the health and wellbeing of our young people, whilst supporting local sport and leisure facilities, and that’s why events like these are so important.”