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Sporting champions inspire children

Sporting champions inspire children at Cheltenhamís first Youth Games

Olympic sailor Harriett Trundle and Commonwealth Games hurdler James Hillier were in town yesterday cheering on local secondary school children taking part in the first ever 'Youth Games' event, organised by Cheltenham Borough Council's sports development team.

With a giant climbing wall, bell boat regatta, golf coaching and orienteering challenge, the event attracted around 180 young people, aged twelve to fourteen years, from local secondary schools to enjoy a fun-packed day of alternative sports.

Coaching and competition took place in Pittville Park and sporting champions Harriett Trundle and James Hillier were on hand to motivate and inspire the youngsters by talking about their own experiences of training and international competition.

Matt Baker, the council's youth sports development officer, said: "The response to Youth Games has been tremendous and everyone who took part had a fantastic day trying out a range of different sporting activities. Our main aim is to encourage more young people to get involved in sport and healthy active lifestyles and, hopefully, today has helped to achieve that."

Councillor Chris Ryder commented: "It's wonderful to see so many young people having a go and really relishing the challenge of trying something new. This is a great example of our youth sports development team working with schools to show young people that non-traditional sports are a brilliant way of keeping active and healthy."

Posted : 19/05/2007 13:04:47

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