Teesside Youngsters Compete In Sports Contest

Competition was on the agenda as Darlington hosted the first of the 2017 Tees Valley multi school festivals.

The Dolphin Centre hosted the event, which saw 250 pupils compete in Swimming, Dance and Wheelchair Basketball.

Darlington’s Dolphin Centre swimming pool.

The event saw multiple schools compete from areas of Darlington, Middlesbrough, Stockton, Redcar and Hartlepool.

All competitors had been selected through the Tees Valley School Sports Partnership.

Sheila Boyes of Tees Valley Sport said: ” We aim to provide a level three festival so children have the opportunity to compete and improve their skills against other talented children from other areas.”

School Games (Speech)

A rousing speech watched by Champo the events mascot.

One spectator in attendance was Darlington’s own Team GB Triathlete Georgie Rutherford, who was there to provide inspiration and insight into the life of a top athlete.

Georgie said: “I think the school games is great because it allows children to become focused in achieving their goals which will benefit them in the future.”

Georgie Rutherford (second right) presenting medals in the swimming events.

Darlington got off to a successful start winning the dance competition, with Middlesbrough finishing second and Redcar and Stockton following in joint third place.

Darlington’s bright start did not continue however finishing fifth overall in the swimming. Middlesbrough also fell behind finishing third, while Redcar and Hartlepool finished even further down the table in sixth and seventh position.

However there was success for Teesside in the pool with Stockton finishing in first place.

Finally in the Wheel Chair Basketball competition Stockton enjoyed more success taking home the gold, while the teams from Redcar and Hartlepool made up ground after the swimming events with Redcar finished second and Hartlepool third.

Although the competition was important , Tees Valley Sport’s ┬ámain objective was for the children to have fun and to develop life skills for the future.




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