MORE than 2,000 pupils from the borough took part in Wirral Schools’ Games at The Oval, Bebington.
Pupils from over 60 schools were joined by an inspirational former Royal Marine who has beaten the odds to become tipped to qualify for a place in the next Winter Olympics, in Russia in 2014.
Pete Dunning, 26, lost both his legs when he was injured whilst on duty in Afghanistan, but is now a member of the Combined Services Disabled Ski Team and Great Britain Disabled Ski Team. Pete was one of a host of special guests who appeared to inspire young athletes during the Wirral Schools Games, which also featured workshops for both able-bodied and disabled young people.
Councillor Chris Meaden, Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Leisure said: “The Games were a resounding success with young people getting the chance to attempt sports they had never tried before and a very high level of competition. The Oval has provided a superb venue which is really evocative of the Olympic spirit. We are very grateful to all of the children, teachers and volunteers who gave their time to help make the day so enjoyable.”
The Games opened with a large dance display featuring dancers and gymnasts from local clubs and schools and hopefuls for the Great Britain Olympic and Paralympic teams.
The event was organised by Wirral Council and the PE and Sports Partnership, a group of secondary schools tasked with developing sporting competition in Wirral.