Craig Pickering the guest of honour as more than 250 children take part in Neale-Wade Sports Festival

Neale Wade Academy Sports Transition Festival. Picture: ROB MORRIS

Neale Wade Academy Sports Transition Festival. Picture: ROB MORRIS - Credit: Archant

More than 250 year six pupils from schools across Fenland embraced a variety of sports and met a World Championship medal winning sprinter at the Neale-Wade Sports Festival.

As well as giving the pupils a day of different sports, the festival provided the opportunity for youngsters who are due to join Neale-Wade in September to mix with children from other schools, ask questions to older Neale-Wade pupils and meet some Neale-Wade staff.

The special guest was Craig Pickering, who won bronze in the 100m relay at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka. He has since made the transition from sprinter to international bobsleigher.

The event was supported by Sportswear International, Sainsbury’s, Fenland District Council and the Cambs Times, who provided the medals and trophy.

For the festival, the children were split into teams representing different countries. The overall winner of the festival, which focused on skill and sportsmanship, was Ethan Peachey of Burrowmoor School.

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David Kenning, PE teacher and organiser, said: “It was great to see all the year six students taking part and enjoying the different sports on offer during the festival.

“The community coaches that came in to lead the different sports did an excellent job and it was great to see Craig Pickering going around the festival and getting involved with the students.”

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WINNERS (by country): Spain - Jamie Hallett (West Walton), Millie Edwards (Guyhirn); Great Britain - Duke Higham (Westwood); Australia - Isabel Revett (Cavalry); Jamaica - Olly Hubbard (All Saints); France - Ayla Allen (Glebeland);

Canada - Louis Benningfield (Cavalry); Italy - Jack Hamilton (Burrowmoor); USA - Kane Riches (Cavalry); Brazil – Benjamin Stevens (Elm); Greece - Brandon Boon (Townley); South Africa - Reice Swan (Emneth); New Zealand - Frankie Hindley (All Saints); Argentina - Ellie Heam (Westwood); Sweden - Isabell Stimson (Burrowmoor); Ghana - Kieran Palmby (Westwood).

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