03-Sep-09 CardiffThe UK School games is a lottery funded event run over 4 days. This year TAC had 3 representing the WMids area (www.ukschoolgames.com)
By Teresa Reynolds
It is for the U17 age category. So if you are top in the area two years running you could go twice. This years is the 4th time its been held and was in Cardiff.
The first one was in Glasgow, 2nd Coventry & 3rd Bath.The idea is part of the build up to the 2012 Olympics . The competitors are treated like Olympic athletes with and Opening Ceremony, special kit (this year sponsored by Adidas).
The medals are awarded by various people including previous celebrities like Dennis Lewis and Jamie Baulch as in Aidan's case. The cost is nothing to us as parents apart from paying to stay near by in hotel etc. and buying programme as there are 2 complementary tickets for parents.
There are representatives from the whole of the UK - Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England have representatives from each area with West Midlands being one of them. Athletics isn't the only sport it includes Swimming, Gymnastics, Hockey and this year they included Track Cycling. The invite to represent comes from the area UKA person not long after the English Schools Athletic Championships and it held around the end of September.
This year TAC had 3 representing the WMids area - Aidan, Sophie Worrall(Long Jump- 5.15m ) and Hayley Butler (Pole Vault - 3m)Please see below some photos from the UK School Games of Aidan, Hayley Rubery & Sophie Worrall .Aidan Reynolds is in Black representing the WMids.