Olympic medallist Bryony Page was on hand to inspire almost 2,000 young people at the South Yorkshire School Games winter festival this week.
The Rio 2016 trampolining silver medallist opened the multi-sport event at the English Institute of Sport where schools from Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield competed for the title of county champions in eight different sports.
It was the largest South Yorkshire festival since the School Games was introduced in 2012 and saw Sheffield schools come out on top with 13 gold medals, nine silver medals and 11 bronze.
Rotherham schools left with five golds, four silvers and five bronzes whilst Doncaster schools returned with 12 medals (three gold, five silver and four bronze). There were also two gold medals for Barnsley schools in addition to five silver and three bronze medals.
The event, sponsored by The Education Network, began with an Olympic style opening ceremony which included performances from the City of Sheffield Gymnastics Club. A total 95 teams then competed in sports which included gymnastics, cheerleading, handball, basketball, sportshall athletics, sitting volleyball, boccia and New Age Kurling.
There was also the opportunity for a spectators and competitors to try their hand at table tennis and skipping in a ‘come and try’ zone.
“The participation level was incredible,” said Bryony Page. “Having all abilities and being inclusive is a very big deal and is very special. It’s great that everybody came together for this one event.
“I wish we had organised events as big as this when I was at school with all the t-shirts and the chance to represent your district. I would have absolutely loved it and had an amazing time.
“It’s a great event and the young people are so lucky to have an event like this.”
Nigel Harrison, CEO of Yorkshire Sport Foundation who organise the event, added: “It was a fabulous occasion and to have almost 2,000 young people taking part in competitive sport was great to see.
“Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank-you to all the volunteers who helped make it a memorable event for so many young people.”