Wednesday 18th October 2006 by C. Freeman
Students from Brooke Weston took part in the opening ceremony of the Corby Games, a project to promote sports in the run-up to the 2012 London Olympics.
The year-long initiative is supported by various local agencies to encourage gifted local athletes and provide a showcase of the talents in the local area. The opening ceremony took place at the Rockingham Triangle stadium with 1,300 students from a 22 primary and seven secondary schools taking part. The secondary pupils acted as marshals and stewards while the infant and junior students took part in a variety of track and field events.
It is just the start of a series of events in the borough which will be organised by Laurence Kenyon, the partnership development manager for SSCo (School Sports Co-ordinators) in conjunction with Lyn Walsh who is the gifted and talented co-ordinator for the Corby Excellence Cluster. The opening event attracted local media interest with television cameras from Anglia News filming the proceedings. Although this event was aimed at infant and junior school students more events are being planned for those of secondary age.
Brooke Weston and other local agencies such as the North Northants Development Company and Corby Borough Council are acting as sponsors for the project. Each school taking part has nominated 'ambassadors for sport' which are students who compete at local, national or international level who are willing to share their insights on training, commitment and dedication to their peers. 18 Brooke Weston students have been nominated in this capacity in such diverse disciplines as horse-riding, athletics, swimming, basketball and gymnastics.
Lyn Walsh, who is secretary of the organisation and a former headteacher at Weldon primary school said, 'We started planning this project after the 2012 Olympic announcement. It is really a year to raise the profile of sport in the local area. Not only will athletes be training now for 2012 but the infrastructure is going on to raise awareness of sport in Corby. This event went so well we are looking at the possibility of repeating it or staging a closing ceremony at the end of the year.'