Silver success at Winter Games

Two Harpur Hill Primary School pupils with their silver medal trophy for the Sportshall Athletics (years 5/6) event at the Derbyshire Winter School Games. Photo contributed.
Two Harpur Hill Primary School pupils with their silver medal trophy for the Sportshall Athletics (years 5/6) event at the Derbyshire Winter School Games. Photo contributed.
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Pupils from Harpur Hill Primary School were among those who competed at the Derbyshire Winter School Games.

More than 700 school pupils from across Derbyshire represented their districts in disability swimming, indoor rowing, Quicksticks hockey or Sportshall Athletics at the county-wide event at Moorways Sports Complex in Derby on March 21.

In the Sportshall Athletics (years 5/6) event, the team from Harpur Hill Primary School were placed second, pipped to the post by Chellaston Junior School, representing Derby East.

The Sportshall Athletics competition included obstacle relays, soft javelin, standing long jump and standing triple jump.

The Derbyshire Winter School Games are part of the national School Games programme, which is designed to build on the magic of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.

In a day of tough competition, Derbyshire Dales emerged as the winning district overall, just pipping Erewash into second place. Chesterfield took third place.

Derbyshire County Competition Officer Craig Homer said: “My congratulations go to all the young people who took part in the Derbyshire Winter School Games. It was fantastic to see so many young people taking part in sport, and also in the cultural activities and educational workshops and in the organisation and officiating.

“The event was a great celebration of competitive sport in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”