Norfolk Winter School Games – Day 5 Report

Day 5 of the Games saw plenty of action in the swimming pool and sports halls of the UEA Sportspark, with over 700 pupils taking part in the Yr 7-8 Sportshall Athletics finals, the Yr 7-9 Swimming Finals and the Yr 4-6 Swimming Finals.

Yr 7-9 Swimming FinalsSwimming2

During the morning, high school swimmers from across the county took to the pool to see who would be be crowned 2016 Norfolk School Games champions. Pupils had qualified to take part in the Finals by taking part in qualifying galas held in each of the county’s eight School Sports Partnerships (SSPs).

The event was delivered in partnership with City of Norwich Swimming Club who brought their knowledge and experience of delivering local, regional and national swimming galas to make the Norfolk School Games galas the best experience for the young people taking part. The gala benefitted from using a touch pad timing system as well as the giant display screen to display live timing.

The gala was also supported by students from the UEA Swimming Club and sports students from City College Norwich.

The pupils competed in four individual strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly) over 50m as well as in 4 x 50m freestyle relays. You can download the full results from the gala by clicking here. You can also see the overall team results by clicking here.

We had a professional photographer capturing all of the action from the gala and you can view photos (and even purchase copies) of the mornings gala online.

Yr 4-6 Swimming FinalsSwimming1

After a short break, it was the turn of the Yr 4-6 pupils to battle it out. Whilst the weather was cold and snowy outside, the action in the pool was red hot.

During the afternoon session, pupils competed over the shorter distance of 25m in the four individual strokes and also in 4 x 25m freestyle relays.

To see how pupils from your school/your local school got on please view the attached results. At the end of the gala, all of the individual results were added up and the overall team results were calculated. It was the team from the South Norfolk SSP that were crowned overall team champions and the entire squad were presented with the trophy on the podium. You can also see photographs of the afternoons gala by clicking here.

Yr 7-8 Sportshall Athletics FinalsSportshall2

Whilst the swimming galas were taking place in the swimming pool, down the corridor in the sportshalls, it was the turn of the Yr 7-8 pupils from across the county to pit their wits against each other in the county sportshall athletics finals.

Pupils ran, jumped and threw their hearts out in an attempt to win this team event. The event included the following categories;

  • Yr 7 girls
  • Yr 7 boys
  • Yr 8 girls
  • Yr 8 boys

Pupils competed in the following field and track events;Sportshall1

Track Events

  • Obstacle relay
  • 2 lap relay
  • 4 lap relay
  • 6 lap relay
  • 8 lap Paarlauf

Field Events

  • Shot
  • Speed bounce
  • Standing long jump
  • Standing triple jump
  • Vertical jump

Pupils battled it out for points for their teams that were awarded dependant on their performances. All of the individual scores were added together to give an overall team score. The winners for each category were as below;

Yr 7 girls = Norwich East SSP

Yr 7 boys = South Norfolk SSP

Yr 8 girls = Norwich East SSP

Yr 8 boys = Norwich East SSP

You can view the full breakdown of results from each of the four categories by clicking here. You can also check out the photos of all of the athletics events by clicking here.

Day 6 of the Winter Finals will see hundreds of pupils taking part in a Playground to Podium Festival. The aim of the festival is to engage pupils with Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND) in a fun school sports festival. You can follow all of the action on Facebook (Norfolk School Games) and Twitter (@NorfolkSchGames)