On Sunday 6th September the Elite Dance Group ‘Respire’ had the amazing opportunity to perform at the Sainsbury’s School Games 2015 in Manchester at the Regional Athletics Arena. They opened the closing ceremony in front of 3000 spectators some of these including top athletes from around the world. It was also streamed live on the internet. It was a huge honour to perform at these games for Youth Sport Trust and the students from Our Lady and St Chad did us proud and represented the school in a highly professional and skilful manner.
Leaders and Performers
Our Lady and St Chad Catholic Academy was one of nine schools/colleges selected to volunteer at the Sainsburys School Games in Manchester. We had 13 students attend this amazing event which sees the best athletes across the UK come together to complete for their nation. Our Lady and St Chad is nationally renowned for our excellent Sports Leadership programme. This opportunity extended our portfolio further.
Amy Nicholas (year 12) and Abbie McShane (year 12) attended the games as Young Ambassadors with only 30 ambassadors being selected from across the country. Amy and Abbie attended various sporting events and workshops throughout the 4 days in Manchester and help organise and run events such as Rugby 7’s and Volleyball to name a few.
Katia Medjdoub (year 9) attended the event as an elite athlete with Jordan Furgusson (year 9) and Molly Aston (year 9) attending the event as team managers. These girls attended a number of workshops and events to help organise and prepare themselves for their own events.
We also had eight young leaders attend the school games as volunteers Gianina Diwa, Kaisha Ripalo, Courtney Round, Caitlin O’Hara, Chris Otim, Keene Bathan, Victor Takadiwa and King Bhebe (all year 10). Throughout the four days the young volunteers attended a workshops and were selected to help organise and run the Hockey and Volleyball events. Leaders had to ensure that the games ran smoothly completing duties such as ball control and mopping volleyball courts after each set and time outs. The organisers were that impressed with the skills of the leaders they asked them to walk out with the players at the start of the Men’s Hockey final in front of 500 spectators and be ball control volunteers to ensure the game was kept at a fast pace. Courtney Round was also selected to help with the medal ceremony at the end of the Hockey Final in which she did a fantastic job.
Throughout their time at the School Games the Young Leaders did themselves and Our Lady and St Chad Catholic Academy proud and it was a great experience for all involved.