Olympic effort by Newport Pupils 

21/09/2012 10:00 


Following a hugely successful summer of both Olympic and Paralympic sport, Cardiff Metropolitan University’s National Indoor Athletics Centre (NIAC) played host to over 1,000 pupils from Bassaleg Comprehensive School in Newport, going for Gold in their own Olympic sports day.

Jamie Baulch and Darren Campbell – both former Olympic Gold medal winners themselves - launched the event, which featured competitions across a range of disciplines including athletics, tennis, hockey, table tennis, football, cycling, rowing and the hugely popular tug of war.

Pupils from Bassaleg go for gold with Jamie Baulch and Darren Campbell
Pupils from Bassaleg go for gold with Jamie Baulch and Darren Campbell
Adding to the fun of the day, pupils also took part in music and drama performances, which featured as part of the opening and closing ceremonies at NIAC, which has enjoyed a busy summer hosting Olympic and Paralympic athletes from across the world as they trained for their respective games.

The event was also the climax of Bassaleg’s incredibly successful Olympic week which engaged the entire school in a number of innovative and inspiring cross curricular workshops creating Olympic-themed outcomes.

Bassaleg assistant head teacher, Victoria Lambe said the pupils had put on a great display.

"Nobody could fail to have been inspired by some of the performances we've seen this summer and I know our pupils were glued to the games! 

“We enjoyed a fantastic day - having our very own local Gold medal winner there was an added bonus and Jamie had some great words of encouragement for those taking part.  Some truly Olympic efforts and great sporting performances all round!"      

Dave Cobner, Dean of the School of Sport at Cardiff Met, said it was great to see young people so enthused about sport.

"We had several Cardiff Met students competing in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games over the summer and we're all extremely proud of their efforts.

"It's great to see youngsters such as these from Bassaleg embracing sport and enjoying a bit of competition and I'm sure that what we've seen in London 2012 is set to inspire a whole generation."

For more information please contact Sarah Wise on 02920 646866 or email swise@effcom.co.uk