Schools from all over Hyndburn descended upon Accrington academy and schools from all over Ribble Valley descended upon Oakhill to take part in the Rio 2016 Mini Olympics competition. Each school represented a country and took part in an opening ceremony parade waving flags, holding banners and making as much noise as possible in support of their country. The venues had been turned into Brazil with flags and samba music blaring out to add to the atmosphere.
The competition saw children take part in a circuit of skill activities each used in an Olympic sport They included a hockey dribble, basketball shot, sprints, long jump, javelin, rugby over and under, hurdles and tennis. Each time a child completed the activity they scored 1 point for their team/country.
In the Hyndburn competition 14 teams competed in the event; these teams were Peel Park, Sacred Heart, St Pauls, St Charles, Mount Pleasant, Baxenden, St Marys Clayton, St Anne’s & St Josephs, St Johns Great Harwood, All Saints (A/B/C), Hyndburn Park, St John & St Augustine. The children completed the practice circuit and then started the competition showing fantastic skill levels, determination and enjoyment for the activities. Once each school had completed each activity it was time to present the medals, in third place was Mount Pleasant, second place went to St Charles and taking home gold was Peel Park representing Mexico.
The Ribble Valley competition had 16 teams taking part Whalley (Greece), Pendle (Argentina), Bolton By Bowland (Scotland), Balderstone (France), St Marys Langho (Canada), Sabden (Spain), Grindleton (Sweden), Clitheroe St James (Uganda), Brookside (Austria), Edisford (Italy), Waddington & West Bradford (Brazil), Simonstone (USA), Gisburn (Brazil), Oakhill (Australia), St Leonards Langho (Ireland) and Salesbury (GB). Just like the Hyndburn competition the day before the attitude and performance levels were of a very high standard from start to finish. Overall the positions in the top three were third place Salesbury (Team GB), second place St Marys Langho (Canada) and in First place was Whalley (Greece).
Well done to everyone involved, thank you to Oakhill and Accrington Academy for hosting the events but also providing young leaders to help officiate on the date.