July 4th, 2016
As part of North Yorkshire School Games, Sunday 3rd July saw the North Yorkshire Multisport Championship play-off.
Following a season of area competitions the top 2, York & Selby and Harrogate & Craven battled it out to decide who would represent North Yorkshire in the Regional all Yorkshire Final later in the year.
The joint team from York and Selby won all the 6 sports head to heads to come out on top, with Harrogate & Craven being the overall runner-up.
Barry Conforth, Team Manager of winning York/Selby team said, “I really like the format today, all the kids competed across the board so all had to contribute all the time. We had great support and cheering from parents which made a loud but great atmosphere which raised children’s experience of the day.”
The head to head format allows parents to become more involved in the day. Mrs Alzarez, mother of Valentina from the Harrogate team said, “It is great to see my daughter play sport. They don’t get a chance to represent the school but today, she is out there competing with all her classmates. It is great for our other daughter Victoria to see her sister involved and supporting her in every way possible, it is normally the other way around” The family can be seen in the photo here.
Dale Thurlow, father of Jamie also from Harrogate said, “This is a great concept, it’s really great to see my son competing in a meaningful event and it’s also great that they can also learn what competition is like.”
Monday the 4th, Day 2 in the county saw the Primary Panathlon take place with 48 children from 5 schools participating. Harrogate again represented by the Forrest school was to the fore. They finished on top with 42 points with York in second on 39.
Primary Lead Teacher Natalie Sargeson, said “We have had 2 great days of Panathlon in a row now with the Secondary playoff yesterday and the Primary Final today. It’s great to have won today after missing out yesterday. The kids love these events and the diversity of activity and scope of children here today makes it such an experience. We hope we can test our skills against other schools outside of North Yorkshire like the secondary winners”
Huw Griffiths Sturges, a competitor said “Wow what a win, go Harrogate, we beat York where I first went to school so I feel so good “
1st The Forest [Harrogate] 42 points
2nd Hob Moor Oaks [York] 39 points
3rd Springhead [Scarborough] 31 points
4th The Dales [Hambleton] 24 points
5th Welburn Hall [Ryedale] 16 points
The third event on the bill saw 18 Deaf Boccia players from 9 York schools participate in a Boccia competition on Monday afternoon.
Macy from Arch Bishops Primary in York said, “This is the first medal I have ever won!”
The schools being represented were from Westfield Primary, Robert Wilkinson Academy, Archbishops of York, Hemplands, Holy Moor Oaks, Knavesmire Primary, Arch Bishops Junior School, Osbaldwick Primary and St Pauls Primary
Helen Martin Senior Practioner for the Deaf at York Council said, “Thanks for this introduction to a new sport, the children all had a great time and learnt so much “
The Deaf programme goes back to York on the 14th July with a Deaf Football tournament