Eighteen para-athletes have competed at the annual ‘National Junior Games’ that took place at Stoke Mandeville earlier this month.
Run by Wheelpower, The National Junior games are competitions and ‘have-a-go’ sessions for school age students. With sports range from hockey to shooting, the event has been running for at least a decade and Angmering School have been heavily involved each year.
Highlights for the school included dominating the Boccia competition where all four semi-finalists were Angmering students. There was also success in hockey and swimming.
Head of the LNC (Lavinia Norfolk Centre), Natalie Webb, who manages Angmering’s specific provider for special education students praised student’s ‘camaraderie and team spirit’.
Lucie King, a student competitor, who competed in events such as hockey and boccia described participating as ‘a great experience’. Particularly pleased that she and others ‘got as far and further than we hoped’, she said there was ‘tough’ opposition.
To add to her success, Lucie was awarded the ‘Andy Wallace Award’ for ‘outstanding achievement in sports’. She commented: ‘To win the Andy Wallace Award was amazing.
‘I was not expecting to get it as I thought that there were so many other people who also were outstanding. I am very proud of myself.’
With hopes for next year already high, Head of LNC, Natalie Webb praised the National Junior Games the ‘highlight of young para-sport’ for The Angmering School. She also told of her gratitude for Headteacher Simon Liley’s ‘support and commitment’ for allowing students to participate and compete.
The school will be keen to excel again in 2020, hoping to field a strong selection of students.