Neale-Wade Sports Transition Festival is Fenland’s answer to the Olympics

PUBLISHED: 16:40 27 June 2016 | UPDATED: 18:00 27 June 2016

Neale Wade Sports transition Festival.  Olympic rowing gold medalist, Zac Purchase with the Winners. Picture: Steve Williams.

Neale Wade Sports transition Festival. Olympic rowing gold medalist, Zac Purchase with the Winners. Picture: Steve Williams.

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Fenland’s answer to the Olympics – including an appearance and coaching from gold medal-winning rower Zac Purchase - sprinted its way to Neale Wade, March earlier today.

More than 200 children competed in a variety of sports as part of the Neale-Wade Sports Transition Festival.

Children came from All Saints, Burrowmoor, Cavalry, Elm, Guyhirn, Townley and Westwood primary schools, as well as a number of children from out-of-catchment schools.

In the afternoon, choruses of cheers and endless rounds of applause rang out of the sports hall as the closing ceremony took place.

Neale Wade Sports transition Festival. Boxing group. Picture: Steve Williams.Neale Wade Sports transition Festival. Boxing group. Picture: Steve Williams.

Children sporting green, red and yellow tops sat eagerly waiting to see if there name would be called out, but it was Jack Bentick, of Westwood school, who was crowned the “overall person of the day”. His name was mentioned to Mr Kenning (leading the ceremony) by coaches on three separate occasions.

Mr Woodward, PE teacher and progress leader, who helped to organise the day-long event, said: “It was a sports festival for primary school children who are starting the Year 6 transition.

“All the children were split into different countries, to give the day a sense of being at the Olympics.

Neale Wade Sports transition Festival. Tennis group. Picture: Steve Williams.Neale Wade Sports transition Festival. Tennis group. Picture: Steve Williams.

“This morning went really well and all of the PE staff said they were impressed by everyone’s ability and attitude.

“The children seemed to enjoy taking part in a range of sports including rugby, athletics, rounders, badminton, football, basketball and table tennis.”

Neale Wade Sports transition Festival. Medals presented by olympic rowing gold medalist, Zac Purchase, Jack Bentinck, Westwood school.Picture: Steve Williams.Neale Wade Sports transition Festival. Medals presented by olympic rowing gold medalist, Zac Purchase, Jack Bentinck, Westwood school.Picture: Steve Williams.

The winners representing each country were:

Great Britain: Andrew May, Westwood

South Africa: Ilona Fowlkaska, All Saints, for her “knowledge and performance in netball”.

Argentina: Lou Lou Brampton, Manea School, for “good rallying and having a positive attitude”.

Jamaica: Leigha Slyfield, Cavalry, for showing “really good enthusiasm all day”.

Spain: Carson Speed, Burrowmoor, for being “focused and an excellent team player”.

Greece: Ethan Clarke, Townley, for being “competitive but fair and trying his best in all sports”.

Sweden: Lukas Klemanskis, Orchard, for being a “boxing master”.

America: Bethany Kent, Burrowmoor, for “trying her hardest in each activity”.

Kelsey Pierce, Westwood, for being “very enthusiastic and keen to join in all day”.

Australia: Emily Woodcock, Burrowmoor, for her “fantastic catching and great effort all round”.

Brazil: Phoenix Nightingale, Kingsfield, for his “extremely far throwing in athletics”.

Italy: Charlie Gatty, All Saints’, for showing “110 per cent enthusiasm and encouraging all others in his group”.

New Zealand: Connor Dixon, Elm, for the “effort he put in all day and particularly in rounders”.

Ghana: Kacey Sharman, Cavalry, for “excellent sprinting”.

Nathan Walsh, All Saints


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