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When sport becomes child's play

A QUESTION OF SPORT: Some of the youngsters who took part in the sports programme show off their medals (Photo credit: Sean Pollock)

WITH THE London 2012 Olympics just around the corner, primary school children battled it out at the recent Hackney Personal Bests finals - the Council's 2012-inspired sports programme.

Hundreds of sports mad pupils aged nine to 11 recorded their personal best scores in discus, javelin, shot put, long jump, triple jump and speed bounce. The children taking part in the finals achieved a staggering 1,110 personal bests.

Those taking part in the finals at Hackney Marshes on were the children who had shown the greatest levels of improvement in their scores during the training programme that has been running in Hackney’s primary schools this year.

Personal Bests finalists were joined by Hackney’s Dervis Konuralp, Paralympic swimmer and the borough’s ambassador for the 2012 Games.

Dervis handed out gold medals to the winning team from St Matthias, with silver medals to second place Holmleigh, and bronze medals to third place Our Lady and St Joseph’s.

Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney, said: “Congratulations to all the young people who took part in the Personal Bests programme and I hope they continue to enjoy taking part in sports.

“One of Hackney Council’s priorities is to provide residents of all ages with opportunities to get involved in regular physical activity, and being a host borough for the 2012 Games is a great way to inspire this."

Hackney Personal Bests is now in its fourth year and the programme has involved more than 2,000 children this year.
All the schools have been given sporting equipment such as discus and javelins so that they can continue taking part in these sports.

The Hackney Personal Bests programme is run by Hackney Council’s 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Unit and funded through NHS East London and The City. It is a health-based sports programme which has involved learning in the classroom as well as sports training.

All of the pupils who took part received an interactive work book specially produced for the programme which includes health messages, a personal lifestyle diary, information about the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and a record of their own personal best performances.

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