Youth Sport: North Nibley archery team hit the target at Gloucestershire School Games

Gazette Series: North Nibley's Archery team. Picture by Jo Mead North Nibley's Archery team. Picture by Jo Mead

NORTH Nibley School clinched gold in the Archery Arrows competition at the 2014 Gloucestershire School Games Primary Festival.

The mixed team consisted of Dylan Mead, Spencer Jones, Libby Dyer, Jordan Reed, Jack Greeman, Leah Mott, Nieve Brown, Holly Basu and Amelia Jennings.

Mead was responsible for taking the final shoot in a tie-break situation.

He said: “I felt really nervous. I knew that if I scored closest to the bulls-eye we would win. When I saw we had won I congratulated the other team and then ran around with excitement.”

Lydney placed second and Callowell placed third in the competition ran by Deer Park Archers.

Paul Batchelor, head teacher of North Nibley School, said: “I am so proud of the North Nibley archery team.”

“We are a small primary school, with 106 on roll so we were up against some much bigger schools.”

“For some children this was the first event in which they had represented the school, winning through local and district finals before this, the county finals."

The Primary Festival is one of four major events in the 2013/14 calendar under the School Games in Gloucestershire banner.

The participating schools had qualified to represent their local areas following months of competition which thousands of children across the county took part in.

Braving record-breaking temperatures at the Gloucestershire School Games, 400 primary aged pupils represented their schools to compete in archery, quadkids athletics, rounders and panathlon at the iconic facilities of Hartpury College.

In the projectability panathlon, Paralympic gold medallist Liz Johnson, a British swimmer who has cerebral palsy, was in attendance to support the competition and inspire competitors.

Kirsty Dunleavy, children and young people officer for Active Gloucestershire, is the lead co-ordinator of the Games.

She said: “The Sainsbury’s School Games Festivals play a critical role in inspiring a generation of youngsters to play sport by providing them with opportunities to take part in competitive school sport.”

“They also introduce talented athletes to high level competition, and with the help of the sport governing bodies, they are supported and signposted to further opportunities to compete and develop their talent.”

“Well done to all of today’s winners and thank you to everyone who helped in the organisation and delivery of the Games.”

The Sainsbury’s School Games are coordinated by Active Gloucestershire and is one of the largest mass participation events to take place in the county.

They are a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport.

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