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Over 250 Cornwall students get set to run the 'Cornwall Olympics'

Over 250 Cornwall students get set to run the 'Cornwall Olympics'

Young athletes from across Cornwall are making their final preparations before competing in the county’s largest school sports event this week.

More than 4,000 students from 100 schools are set to take part in the 2018 Cornwall School Games, sponsored by the University of Exeter.

The Games kick off with the Watersports Day on Wednesday 27th June at Perranporth Beach with sports including Beach Volleyball, Surf Life Saving, Bodyboarding & Rounders. 

Then on Friday 29th June the main summer games takes place at Penryn College and the University of Exeter, Penryn Campus.

Some students have already participated in the School Games Makers Conference, a day-long event for more than 250 young people held at the Penryn Campus designed to hone the skills required to facilitate the main event.

The day started with students being welcomed by Dora Revell, a Year 9 student

at Penryn College who said: “The leadership day was a fantastic experience for everyone involved and a great chance to brush up on our leaderships skills.  We are all excited for the fantastic opportunity of hosting the Cornwall School Games on Friday at Penryn College and the University of Exeter, Penryn Campus Cornwall”.

This was followed by an inspiring talk from Annie Vernon, Sporting Champion and former GB Rower and Olympic Silver Medallist who gave the Games Makers insight into what makes a great leader at a big event.

Annie said: “Being a part of the Cornwall School Games Makers Conference is such a privilege.  The young people involved in the day have the opportunity to learn so many new skills and make new friends.  I can’t wait to see how brilliant they will all be at the School Games next week”.

Rob Harrison, organiser of the Cornwall School Games Makers Conference from Cornwall Sports Partnership said: “This event is about training and inspiring our young School Games Makers to be the best they can be at next week’s Cornwall School Games.  A huge thank you to Annie Vernon and all of the providers who made the day such a success”.

School Games Makers are an extremely important part of the Cornwall School Games, without them the games would not be able to go ahead.  On behalf of all the Cornwall School Games Organisers we would like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers for their help and support.

In 2017 we announced a new partnership with the University of Exeter to inspire more young people to be engaged in Physical Activity through the School Games.

The University of Exeter, which has two campuses in Cornwall – Penryn and Truro, are sponsoring the Cornwall School Games for three years to enable more young people to be inspired by PE and school sport.

Ruth Grimmer from the University of Exeter said: ”We were thrilled to have over 250 young Cornwall School Games Makers on campus in preparation for next week’s Games, which we are really looking forward to.  Good luck to all those using their newfound leadership skills for the first time and to all those competing.”

Date: 26 June 2018

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