Giant leaps for legacy for Sherston pupils

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More than 100 children from Sherston Primary School took part in an Olympic legacy day, held to encourage competitive spirit and athleticism.

During the event, last Sunday, children took part in ten events, including a mini decathlon, shot put, long jump, cycling and archery.

It was organised by a group of fathers – John Petit, Doug McLeish and Finlay Evan – and dozens of parents helped out. A total of 43 children won medals for the different sports and took part in a ceremony on a podium, when they received laurel wreaths.

Fi Picton, chairman of the Friends of Sherston School, said the day was one of the most popular events at the school.

She said: “It was really busy and all the children got to have a go at all ten events. Each child had a little passport and they got marks in their passport for each event.

“It’s a truly competitive day. It’s about giving children a taste of competitive sport. The parents just feel it’s really important for children to learn about winning and losing.

“These are life skills you learn through sport and they have a really fun active day. We definitely want to keep it going until the next Olympics in Rio.

“Whether it will go beyond that, who knows? But, at the moment, there’s a real momentum behind it.”

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