Pupils compete in front of Olympians

Skegness Grammar School students with Olympic gold medallists Mark Hunter. EMN-140707-101204001
Skegness Grammar School students with Olympic gold medallists Mark Hunter. EMN-140707-101204001

Pupils and students from King Edward VI Academy, Skegness Grammar School and Hogsthorpe Primary Academy were among the stars when they competed in front of a host of Olympic and Commonwealth athletes in the David Ross Education Trust’s Summer Cup.

The event was attended by Dame Kelly Holmes, and supported by the athletes including the country’s first Olympic medalist on snow, Jenny Jones, gold medal rower Mark Hunter, and UK swimming legend Karen Pickering.

Held at Grantham Meres Sports Stadium, the competition saw students compete in a number of different events from athletics and rugby to swimming and table tennis, in the hope of winning the David Ross Foundation trophy.

Holmes said: “It is an honour to be here. Events like this are so important. What’s great about the David Ross Education Trust is that by bringing these academies together, they have the opportunity to experience a high level of competition.”

Skegness Grammar werenarrowly beaten to first place by Malcolm Arnold Academy in Northampton, but headmaster Simon Sprague, was incredibly proud of his school.

“No-one can argue that we didn’t give it our all. Our success was really down to the hard work and effort of all our staff and students,” he said.

King Edward’s Mark Whitehead from Year 8, who took part in the shot putt, 400m and relay said it was ‘an honour’ to compete in front of some sporting icons.

“I have really enjoyed the whole day. I spoke to the athletes and talked about how to achieve my goals in the future; how to run a bit faster and how to throw a bit further,” said Mark.

“It was pretty inspiring. I just walked up to Olympian Mark Lewis-Francis to ask for advice, there are not many times you can just do that,” he added.

Margaret Reeve, principal at King Edward VI Academy, said: “The day was unbelievable.

“A whole sports stadium was hired out, a dozen athletes with a host of medals were cheering us on and we even saw some of our students compete on Sky Sports News that night.”

She added: “There has been lots of talk recently highlighting that an increased level of sports participation in an academy can have a real impact on results in the classroom.

“With lots of our students competing, and excelling, at the Summer Cup this can only bode well for King Edward’s on-going 
success.”