Dearne’s future Olympic starlets strut their stuff

Students Shaun Cassell, Stevie Speakman, Nicola Hepworth and Kaine Parker with pup+ils from Wath Victoria Primary School.
Students Shaun Cassell, Stevie Speakman, Nicola Hepworth and Kaine Parker with pup+ils from Wath Victoria Primary School.

OLYMPIC stars of the future were put through their paces on a sports field at Manvers recently.

Agile youngsters from Wath Victoria Primary School took part in a Junior Olympics – run entirely by student sports coaches at the Dearne Valley College.

The fun day with an Olympic theme included events such as the 50m sprint, shot putt, hurdles, obstacle races, discus and javelin, target throwing and the long jump.

Pupils also got to try their hands at basketball and netball, and had fun making their way through, under and over an inflatable obstacle course.

The four Dearne Valley students – who organised the day, from start to finish – were Kaine Parker, Stevie Speakman, Shaun Cassell and Nicola Hepworth, who are all studying for a Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching.

Andrew Skiffington, DVC Sport and Physical Recreation tutor said: “The students have worked really hard, all year, planning this event and the end product was a massive success, which is a great credit to them. We would like to thank Wath Victoria Primary School for giving us the opportunity to run this kind of event.

“The students chose it to promote exercise and a healthy lifestyle among young children, along with raising awareness and increased participation in Olympic events and activities ready for the London 2012 Olympics.”

All the pint-sized participants were awarded certificates and medals.

Staff member Lynn Bridgewater of Wath Victoria School added: “The students were friendly, supportive, kind and good fun, thank you very much”.

The special event was sponsored by the Coalfield Regeneration Trust’s Sports Legacy team, and Jill North, from the Trust, was there to view the action.

She said afterwards: “It was an excellent day... the students and volunteers were exceptional and did a superb job in planning and running the activities. A big well done to them all”.

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