Olympic glory for Scarborough youngsters

Youngsters jump for joy  Picture by Neil Silk  sn122525a 20/06/12
Youngsters jump for joy Picture by Neil Silk sn122525a 20/06/12

There will be a great summer of sport ahead of us if the Olympic Games can match up to the Scarborough & District Primary Olympics.

The event, which was sponsored by the Scarborough News, proved to be a massive success, with over 350 youngsters battling it out for their respective schools.

Runners go for glory at the Olympics Picture by Neil Silk  sn122525a 20/06/12

Runners go for glory at the Olympics Picture by Neil Silk sn122525a 20/06/12

There was a host of medals won, each of which were provided by the Scarborough News.

The first gold medal winner on the day was 11-year-old Friarage pupil Mia Jefferies, who scooped the javelin honours with a throw of 15.4 metres.

Mia picked up her award from three-time Paralympic medal winner Andy Curtis, who was the guest of honour.

She said: “I really enjoyed collecting my medal and standing on the podium, I had done a lot of training before, things like running and throwing.”

Mia was one of a number of children from a total of 21 schools who had a great day at Scarborough College.

This was all thanks to the efforts of Steve Staveley, Mitch Cook and a number of other helpers, who gave up their time to organise the event.

Jonathan Wanless, chairman of the Scarborough & Filey Primary Schools’ Sports Association said: “We already had an event like this before we came up with the Olympic idea, so we decided to merge them into a super event, and it became exactly that.

“We called all of our resources together and Steve Staveley offered to head things up.

“He has done a spectacular amount of work into making it happen.

“It hasn’t just included the competitors on the day, there was also a trials competiton before the event, which gave every child in the area the chance to get involved.

“In terms of providing school sport, this is easily the biggest and best event that has been organised and it is something we are looking to replicate annually.”

Wanless added: “There are so many people we would like to thank for helping in the organisation of the event.

“A huge thank you must go to Steve Staveley for his incredible work and to his school Gladstone Road for freeing him up to do it.

“Scarborough College and their head groundsman Ian Thompson also deserves a lot of thanks as they allowed us to use the magnificent facilities.

“Most importantly I’d like to thank the competitors, without them there would have been no games.”

Steve Staveley echoed this, saying: “It was fantastic seeing all of the children involved. Each one did two events and a relay, so there is plenty for them to do.

“There was a lot of hard work that has gone into it, but it was definitely worth it.

“Things like this aren’t achievable without a fair bit of help and fortunately we had that.

“The Sports Partnership, the SSCOs and their students were a great help on the day.

“There is so much work behind the scenes as well.”

Paralympian Andy Curtis also enjoyed his trip to a town he spent a lot of time at as a youngster.

Curtis, who scooped two medals in Barcelona in 1992 and two in Atlanta in 1996, spent his formative years just a few miles down the coast in Bridlington.

He said: “It is nice to come back to Scarborough, I did spend a lot of time here when I was younger playing rugby against Scarborough College and the like.

“Being a runner myself, it is great that kids are encounraged to get involved from such a young age.”