Cumbria School Games finals kick off in Carlisle

Credit: Cumbria School Games

Over 650 children from schools all across Cumbria are set to take part in the finals of the annual Cumbria School Games to become County Champions.

The games of nine different sports are set to take place on various sites across the region on Wednesday 12 July.

They are open to all pupils from Year 2 to 7, including pupils with disabilities, and includes sports such as boccia, tennis, netball, hockey and golf.

The 2017 games will be open by ten-time British Champion inline skater, Jenna Downing.

Also in attendance will be ten-year-old Bethan Steadman, from Boughton Primary School in Cockermouth, who designed the new Cumbria School Games mascot; and 11-year-old Beth Nevinson, from Moresby Primary School, who won the School Games Poetry competition.

She will also read out her poem at the opening ceremony of the event, which will be taking place at the Sands Centre.

The games are organised by Active Cumbria, and are delivered in partnership with local schools, clubs and national governing sport bodies.

The sporting ambassadors for this year's games include:

  • Beth Lishman, from Cockermouth - Team GB representative in the Hammer event at the upcoming Deaflympics

  • Nat Pattinson, from Carlisle - Team GB Wheelchair Basketball team member

  • Simon Lawson, from Maryport - Team GB representative in the Marathon at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

  • Alistair Thomas, from Cockermouth - British Junior Orienteering Champion, member of the British Junior Talent Squad representing Great Britain at the European Youth Championships in Slovakia.

  • Daniel Spencer, from Cockermouth - British Junior Orienteering Champion, British Junior Talent Squad member selected for 2017 Junior European Cup.

More information can be found on the Cumbria School Games website.