Thousands of young athletes made their way home on the 5th of September after an exhilarating four days of sport at the 14th School Games National Finals, a multi-sport event which aims to give them the experience and tools to follow in the footsteps of professional athletes, many of which were on campus.
On top of Tokyo 2020 Olympians Holly Bradshaw and Alice Dearing opening up proceedings on the Thursday, Judo Paralympian Chris Skelley visited Wheelchair Tennis athletes on the final day following his successful Gold journey at Tokyo 2020.
Competing with regions from across the UK, the young athletes from Warwickshire brought home a total of 2 medals, consisting of 1 Silver and 1 Bronze.
Medallists came from across the region, including:
· Mollie Hegarty, aged 14, won Bronze in Netball with Team Netball Wasps
· Ellan Fraser, aged 17, won Silver in Wheelchair Basketball with Team England Pink
The young athletes, ecstatic with their performance, left Loughborough University on a sunny Sunday evening, clutching their medals along with memories to last a lifetime.
Ali Oliver, CEO of Youth Sport Trust commented; “On the last day of this long, exciting competition a feeling of achievement was in the air from both athletes and coaches as we reflect on this year’s National Finals.
“It has been absolutely incredible getting to witness over a thousand of young athletes come together following a difficult year for all and perform at such a high level. We cannot wait to see what the athletes bring next year!”