Paralympics joy for Spilsby pupils

Some of King Edward VI's students who travelled to the Paralympics last week. Photo supplied.
Some of King Edward VI's students who travelled to the Paralympics last week. Photo supplied.
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DOZENS of Spilsby students will have sporting memories to last a lifetime after travelling to the Paralympics last week.

Last Friday it was destination ‘London 2012’ for 31 students and staff from King Edward VI Academy.

Students experienced the Olympic Park first hand and savoured the amazing atmosphere created by the spectacular stadia and backdrops.

It was Team GB all the way as the group supported the seven-a-side football team against Argentina.

In the blistering heat of the mid morning sun Paralympics GB were taken to extra time, only to lose 4–3.

After a brief lunch break, the group headed to the Basketball Arena to witness the thrilling sport that is nicknamed “Murder Ball” - or Wheelchair Rugby to give it its correct title.

Here the group cheered on GB as they faced a formidable team from Japan.

After a closely fought first quarter, the two teams were locked together and GB gained a slight advantage with the score at 14–13.

In the second period of play, Japan came back strong and scored a further 13 points.

The GB team could only respond with four. Japan finished the first half ahead, 18 points to 26.

Paralympics GB were rallied by the 8,458 supporters and the third and fourth quarters were evenly matched.

Sadly Japan were too strong on this occasion and became the eventual winners with a scoreline of 51-39.

Both staff and students agreed that the trip was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and several fond memories were taken away from the day.

Mike Irving, Head of PE, said: “We all had a new found respect for disabled athletes. To see them compete was quite inspirational.

“The games themselves have been an outstanding success and the Games Makers were a pleasure to meet.

“They fully entered into our High Five competition as we travelled around from venue to venue.

“The organisation was on a military scale and it helped us experience one of the great times in our lives. Thank you London 2012,” he added.