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Heanor Gate among the winners at School Games

The winning Chance 2 Compete Cricket team from Heanor Gate Science College (Amber Valley) with Olympian Anthony Clark (left) and Paralympian Leon Taylor (right)

The winning Chance 2 Compete Cricket team from Heanor Gate Science College (Amber Valley) with Olympian Anthony Clark (left) and Paralympian Leon Taylor (right)

A team from Heanor Gate Science College was among the winners at the Sainsbury’s Derbyshire School Games Event, as around 1,000 young people competed in a day of close competition at Mount St Mary’s College in Spinkhill.

The multi-sport event saw more than 100 teams from schools across Derbyshire competing in 11 competitions after qualifying to represent their school sport partnership.

A team from Heanor Gate Science College won the Chance 2 Compete Cricket, and a district team from Amber Valley were joint winners in the primary Cyclo Cross/Grass Track Cycling competition.

The event began with an opening ceremony which included a speech from Sporting Champion Anthony Clark, who recently retired from international badminton, having gained more than 100 caps for England, winning seven Commonwealth medals, two World Championship medals and representing Great Britain at two Olympic Games.

Special guests at the event also included Derbyshire Paralympian Leon Taylor, and a number of Derbyshire Institute of Sport (DIS) athletes, who helped to inspire the young people competing at the event.

The DIS athletes also helped to judge the winners of the Spirit of the Games awards for the most sporting teams.

Derbyshire Sport county competition officer Craig Homer said: “The Derbyshire School Games Event is part of the Sainsbury’s School Games programme, which is linked to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and is designed to motivate and enthuse all young people to take part in competitive sport.

“My congratulations go to all the young people who took part. “

He added: “The event was a real celebration of sport and it is fantastic to see that there is such an enthusiasm for sport in Derbyshire.”

 
 
 

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